Established by the National Career Development Association, career coaches, counselors, and specialists nationwide encourage their clients, students, and employees to plan and take action with their career development goals during the month of November to celebrate National Career Development Month.
Career development is a lifelong process of growing and preparing for the next step in your career. Whether employed or unemployed, each individual can work toward professional goals that help them enhance their skills sets and build their confidence.
“Little ol’ Idaho” is no longer so “Little” and has become a hub for talented professionals from all over the nation, along with students attending our colleges from all over the globe. More talent has called for more available resources; good thing Idaho has risen to take on the challenge head-on with available resources and programs for job seekers.
Locally, the Idaho Department of Labor has many resources for Idahoans to work toward bettering themselves through funded programs that offer a variety of services from paid training to assistance throughout the Workers’ Compensation process.
Idaho Launch allows you to match your current skills to what employers across
the state need and apply for training funds to build your skills. You can also research hiring trends by region research training opportunities, and connect with a career planner through the online application. In addition, Idahoans can apply for funding to cover the costs of training.
Idaho Job Corps
Idaho Job Corps offers supportive services like vocational exploration and paid training, physical and mental wellness support, life skills classes, meals, transportation, and no-cost tuition. Individuals must be between the ages of 16-24 and must meet other qualifications to be eligible for this program.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
The WIOA is a federally funded program that establishes the Workforce Development System and provides funding to support training and employment services for adults, dislocated workers, and low-income, out-of-school youth. Individuals can access the full range of WIOA services through the American Job Centers located in their region of the state: https://labor.idaho.gov/dnn/Local-Office-Directory
Idaho Industrial Commission
The Idaho Industrial Commission offers rehabilitation services. The Industrial Commission is the state agency responsible for assisting injured workers by supporting their medical recovery while facilitating a timely return to employment that is as close as possible to the worker’s pre-injury status and wage.
Stephanie Renk and Vera Savany-Hughes, co-owners of Idaho Next Steps Coaching, are Motivational Career Campaign Educators, helping clients land the job they want with confidence. They are certified career coaches, employment interview professionals, and resume writers through the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Careers Coach. They are dedicated to supporting their clients in taking their next steps so they can enhance their careers confidently.