CHICAGO, Ill -- The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Tuesday several updated programs for students, teachers and adults that assist with job readiness.
"Preparing for the working world begins in grade school, matures through middle and high school and continues beyond graduation," said IDES Director Jay Rowell in a press release. "Folliwing any other path guarantees a life-long disadvantage. These tools help students as well as teachers and parents, stop that from happening."
The IDES says that they update its Career Information System and its counterparts; CIS Junior for junior high school and ReNEW for adults. The CIS contains some of the following tools:
- My CIS Portfolio builds a career attainment plan from 6th grade through college. It also tracks skills development and work history. It saves resumes and sorts careers by skills, wages and growth trends.
- Reality Check prompts students to calculate expenses and then works backward to see if a chosen career will support the lifestyle.
- Kids and Careers: How Families Can Help Youth Succeed provides a variety of services, including ACT or SAT preparation, financial aid tips and job readiness goals.
- Jobseekers Success Mindset Training helps adults create a plan to look for work, including goal setting and expectations of employers.