Explore Your Job Choices

Provided by Workforce Solutions Capital Area

Sometimes, you just need a job. Any job. But exploring what you might like to do or be good at can lead to both you and your employer being happier in the end. It's also good to learn about different employers to find a good match. Note that employment preference is given to for former foster youth when applying for state jobs.

Discover Your Interests

Texas Career Check has ways to explore careers and take an “interest profiler” on what you like and don’t like. The website will then give you suggestions on jobs that you might like. Everyone has different talents and skills, so find what the best career field will be for you. Make sure you read what skills and education are needed to work in your specific career choice and take the necessary steps to reach your career goal. My Next Move is a similar type of site.

Volunteer and Get Experience

One thing you can do now is volunteer, volunteer, and volunteer! Volunteer in a field that interests you. Volunteering is a great way to gain skills and experience that employers will find valuable. For example, if you are interested in building, try volunteering at Habitat for Humanity. If you are interested in serving other humanitarian interests, consider volunteering with Americorp and organizations that align with your interests, such as Meals on Wheels. If you have other specific interests or aren't sure what you want to do, you can check out the Volunteer.gov site for lots of ideas. Volunteering is a great way to discover new interests and to develop your skills and talents for employment!

Get Assistance and Start Your Job Search

When it comes to looking for a job in Texas, be sure to ask your support system for resources. You can also contact your local Texas Workforce Solutions offices for assistance with job searching, job readiness, career counseling, training opportunities, and so much more. Try the TWC online job matching system, WorkInTexas.com, to search for jobs, create a résumé and submit applications for employment.

State Employment Preference for Former Foster Youth

State agencies are required to give an employment preference to former foster youth who aged out of Texas DFPS when they are considered for state jobs over other equally qualified applicants for the same position. The employment preference ends when the young adult turns age 26. To request the employment preference letter, contact your PAL Staff or Youth Specialist.

U.S. Military Employment

If you are interested in the military, speak to your local military recruiter. U.S. Military.com lists recruiters in your area and other information about joining the military.

Think about Your Budget

Consider how much money you will need to pay your living expenses. Texas Reality Check can help with a lifestyle calculator. Also check out our managing money resources - it's a good time to think about budgeting so that you will be able to buy what you need!

Get the Special Education Transition Guide (if applicable)

The Texas Transition and Employment Guide is for students who have received special education services in Texas due to a disability. It also provides helpful information for your parents or foster parents. This guide has steps you and your parents or foster parents can take to make sure you are able to find the right work or educational choices for you after high school. It also tells you where to get the services you will need.