A key component of WorkReady Lucas County is shifting the thinking of individuals looking for work from finding a job to starting a career. Accomplishing this goal, however, requires that there are programs to guide and support people going through this process – Career Services.
In general, Career Services fall into three categories: Basic Career Services, Individualized Career Services, and Follow-up Services. All of these services are available through OhioMeansJobs Lucas County, the regional one-stop employment center, and do not need to be accessed in any particular order.
Basic Career Services
Anyone who visits OhioMeansJobs Lucas County can access Basic Career Services and most of these services are self-directed activities. Most of these services are informational in the form of workshops and seminars but they also include job matching and referral assistance, labor market information, initial assessment of skills and abilities including WorkReady Lucas County. Referral to programs to address childcare challenges, mental or physical health issues, transportation problems or other barriers to employment are also available.
Individualized Career Services
Differing from Basic Career Services, Individualized Career Services tend to be more one-on-one and are designed to directly connect job seekers to programs to help them gain and retain employment. These programs target adult and dislocated workers who meet the criteria for services through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA). These more intensive services may include comprehensive and intensive assessments, development of individualized employment plans, counseling, career planning, short-term prevocational services, financial literacy and other programs.
Follow-up services are intended to help an individual stay employed after they have successfully found a job. These services vary in nature, are tailored to the individual’s needs and can range from transportation and childcare assistance to help understanding the employer’s benefit and healthcare programs.