by Abbey Lang
Cycling between unemployment and low-paying jobs is an issue that Adult Basic Education (ABE) students often deal with. To help ABE students and other job seekers understand how creating goals positively influences all aspects of one’s life, several Minnesota agencies collaborated to create the MyMnCareers website.
MyMnCareers is a new online tool, launched this month, written specifically for low-skilled job seekers. The site is the first of its kind designed for low-literacy adults. The goal of the site is to help working learners (adults with less than a Bachelor’s degree) to not only create career goals, but take steps needed to pursue and advance in a career pathway.
MyMnCareers is actually three websites in one. The first section of the site is for English Language Learners unfamiliar with the U.S. workplace or their career options. The middle section is for those finishing their high school or GEDs and looking for post-secondary training and career information. The third section is for people who earned their GEDs and need to know how to advance in their career or move into a college or advanced job-training program.
All of the content in MyMnCareers is written at the equivalency of 3rd to 7th grade reading levels. Each section helps its audience to Explore Careers, Set Goals, Get Training, and Learn More. Anyone can access the free website and select one of the three audience sections that fit them best.
iSeek Solutions developed MyMnCareers under the direction of Southwest Minnesota Adult Basic Education with a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. These agencies worked with advisors from St. Paul Public Schools’ Hubbs Center and Minnesota West ABE for more than a year to research and develop the content and functionality for MyMnCareers.
ABE students are not the only people who can benefit from using MyMnCareers. This tool is also useful for WorkForce Center customers, and clients of community-based organizations and other employment services. Early feedback from education professionals shows that K-12 faculty and counselors will also use MyMnCareers with middle and high school students.
Abbey Lang is the West Regional Transitions Coordinator and a member of the Otto Bremer Career Web-based Grant Leadership Team.