Career Empowerment Tools
Domestic violence survivors, like anyone else, need family-sustaining wages, benefits, and opportunities for advancement along with support and encouragement during the process of finding or keeping a job, and making a career.
These tools can be used to help survivors locate jobs and investigate education and career paths.
The curriculum covers five key topics:
- Being Safe During the Job Search and at Work
- Choosing and Planning for the Career You Want
- Getting Started in Your Career
- Preparing for Your Job Search
- Sharing Information and Communicating throughout the Job Search and at Work
is an international non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women. Through professional clothing, employment retention programs and ongoing support, Dress For Success empowers women to be self-sufficient and successful in their careers.
Offices provide career services to job seekers and employers. Services range from General Education Development (GED) preparation, Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes designed to teach clients job skills for today’s competitive job market, and online job searches.
WOW promotes the empowerment, equity and economic security of women through financial education and career preparation, technical and non-traditional skill training and career development. WOW also advances equal education and employment opportunities, freedom from financial abuse and secure retirement through its advocacy, research, training, and technical assistance.
Responsible Decision Making Curriculum
Developed by YWCA Northcentral PA/Wise Options/Liberty House, the Curriculum is designed to help survivors develop healthy decision making skills and teach women about options on how to utilize different skills to cope with difficult situations and emotions. (used with permission)
Ethical Decision Making
The Roots of Decision Making
Managing Time and Making Decisions About Priorities
Understanding Decision Making Characteristics
The Game of Life
Empowered Decision Making
Sample Mock Interview Questions
Questions are designed to help survivors determine their employment interests, anticipate interview questions, and address how to answer sensitive questions during an interview that relate to a criminal background.
Keystone Education Yields Success Programs (KEYS)Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) clients, who enroll in a Pennsylvania Community College, may be eligible to participate in the KEYS program. KEYS helps participants pursue a degree or credit or noncredit-bearing certificate. Research demonstrates that TANF participants who earn a certificate or degree are better able to get jobs with family-sustaining wages, benefits, and opportunities for advancement.
KEYS is operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare working in partnership with Pennsylvania's Commission for Community Colleges.
Domestic violence survivors are encouraged to speak with their County Assistance Office caseworker for details.
Students enrolled in KEYS may be eligible for financial assistance to cover:
- Child care
- School/training registration fee (not tuition)
- Books and school or training supplies
- Test fees
- Equipment/tools needed for school/training
- Car purchase
- Car repair
- Motor vehicle operator fees
The popular GI Bills like the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill and Vocational Rehabilitation are all programs veterans can use to learn a vocational skill. Skilled trades like automotive repair and truck driving or building trades such as carpentry, plumbing and electrical are just some of the popular trades selected by veterans. Attention-to-detail and the ability to work independently or on a team are just examples of the many skills learned in the military that adapt well to the trade industry. This guide outlines options for veterans to learn a vocation using a GI Bill, along with scholarships, resources, and a directory of transferable skills.
NOTE: This is a commercial site. PCADV does not endorse any of the schools or programs on the site, but the general information is valuable.
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