Map Your Career | Redesign Walkthrough

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Map Your Career, a career pathway planning resource illustrating Seattle-King County’s current and predicted labor market, has been completely redesigned with updated data.

In a classroom or career counseling setting, Map Your Career is most useful for broadening awareness around local opportunities, and inspiring further discovery of education, training pathways, and networking starting points.

In addition to a printed booklet for the public school and workforce systems, MapYourCareer.org is easily accessible on both desktop and mobile devices.

Let's take a walkthrough of the major features.

DISCOVER YOUR WORK VALUES

In designing Map Your Career, we identified a need for a worksheet to help frame career planning in the context of personal work values, in an open-ended format without right or wrong answers. This resource is perfect for a group activity in a classroom.

GET AN OVERVIEW OF INDUSTRIES

Industries were identified by their potential for career opportunity over the next 10 years. To illustrate this for a general audience, we placed job data in the context of population demographics to provide an overview of regional opportunity.

EXPLORE CAREER MAPS

The career maps—the bread and butter of this resource—are designed to show a layered approach to career pathways driven by education and experience, but without creating a false impression of strict, linear progression.

From the Center Out

Some maps show career pathways that move in less of a straight line. To read these maps, start in the center, and work your way out by education/experience level.

From Left to Right

Some maps show career pathways that have a bit more structure, often with clear stages of advancement. To read these maps, begin on the left side and move to the right, advancing with education and experience.

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TAKING THE NEXT STEPS

We also included a general guide to career planning to help point to concrete next steps, and to the wealth of public resources available for further discover. We want Map Your Career to be used to plan a career, rather than just pick a job.

RESOURCE SHOWCASE

Check out the Resource Showcase  to learn more about the history and philosophy behind Map Your Career.

New & Revised Policies Published

April 19, 2019

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County published new and updated policies for the public workforce system on April 19, 2019, after incorporating feedback received during a public comment period.

To view the policies, visit our Policies & Guidelines page.

1.    ACCOMMODATION

LINK: Policy 01-2005 Accommodation (V3)

Summary: This policy was revised to 1) align with state level WIOA Title 1 Policy 5402, Rev 2, Dec 12, 2018; 2) comply with a new policy template to assure greater consistency and readability; and 3) clarify the expectation that all partners who are part of the WorkSource Seattle-King County System provide reasonable accommodations to customers who require them.

Key Policy Provisions:

  • The revised policy recognizes the WDC’s role in assuring that the entire regional WorkSource System, not only contracted services providers, meet state and federal expectations to meet the needs of customers with disabilities. 

  • The previous policy only applied to “WDC contracted partners” while the revised policy directs “all WDC contractors and One Stop system partners” to comply with the policy.

2.    AUDIT RESOLUTION & DEBT COLLECTION

LINK: Policy 09-2003 Audit Resolution and Debt Collection (V3)

Summary: This policy was revised to 1) update state and federal references, 2) comply with a new policy template to assure greater consistency and readability, and 3) integrate a process for resolving audit exceptions. 

Key Policy Provisions:

  • The previous policy consisted of two separate linked policies for audit resolution and debt collection.  The revision integrates the requirements of these two policies into a single process in order to clarify expectations and streamline processes for staff and contractors.

  • The new version of the policy integrates a process for resolving audit exceptions forwarded to the Board’s Executive Committee.

3.    CONFLICT OF INTEREST

LINK: Policy 09-2002 Conflict of Interest (V4)

Summary: This policy was revised to 1) update references to state level WIOA Policy 5405 Rev 1 Jan 30, 2017 and 2) comply with a new policy template to assure greater consistency and readability.

Key Policy Provisions:

  • The policy seeks to minimize the potential for conflicts of interest impacting WDC contracting and decision-making processes. 

  • The policy defines conflicts of interest and clarifies expectations for board members and contractors when faced with such a conflict.

4.    DISPUTE RESOLUTION

LINK: Policy 03-2019 Dispute Resolution (V1)

Summary: This policy was revised to 1) align with state level WIOA Policy 5401, Rev 1, May 9, 2016 and 2) comply with a new policy template to assure greater consistency and readability.

Key Policy Provisions:

  • The policy describes how partners within the WorkSource System will resolve disputes among themselves.

  • As per state guidance, the policy focuses on addressing disputes at the lowest level possible and only escalating these when informal attempts at resolution fail.

5.    ELIGIBILITY POLICY & DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

LINK: Eligibility Policy and Documentation Requirements (V7)
LINK: Attachment A: Eligibility Policy Handbook

Summary: Extensive revisions were made to comply with a new policy template to improve readability, update state and federal references, and to update the attached handbook to align with recent changes made to state level WIOA Policy 1019, Rev 4, Dec 28, 2018.

Key Policy Provisions: 

  • This policy codifies the requirements for determination of eligibility for both WIOA Title I-funded and other programs. 

  • This policy includes a handbook that describes federal, state and local requirements, templates and other resources to reduce the risk of errors related to participant eligibility and data validation. 

6.    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY & NONDISCRIMINATION

LINK: Policy 07-2002 Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination (V2)

Summary: This policy was revised to 1) align with state level Title 1 Policy #5402, Rev 2, Jan 12, 2018 and 2) comply with a new policy template to assure greater consistency and readability.

Key Policy Provisions: 

  • This policy clarifies the expectations for those who provide services funded with federal resources to meet the requirements for providing equal opportunity and avoid discrimination.

  • While the content of the policy has not changed significantly from the previous version, the revisions to improve readability and clarity were extensive and deemed worthy of public review and comment.

7.    INDIVIDUAL TRAINING ACCOUNT (ITA)

LINK: Policy 03-2000 Individual Training Account (V6)

Summary: This policy was revised to 1) update references and align with state level WIOA Policies #5601 and #5611 and 2) comply with a new policy template to assure greater consistency and readability.

Key Policy Provisions: 

  • This policy provides the federal, state, and local requirements for using WIOA Title I resources to fund training for eligible participants and the limits to the use of funds for these purposes. 

  • The policy clarifies expectations for the use of the state Eligible Training Provider list to identify training programs, as well as the requirements for participant choice and participant engagement in the development and successful completion of training activities. 

8.    ON THE JOB TRAINING FOR TITLE 1 PROGRAMS

LINK: Policy 03-2018 On the Job Training for Title 1 Programs (V1)

Summary: This is anew local policy to consolidate federal, state and local regulations regarding On the Job Training for WIOA Title 1 eligible adults, dislocated workers and youth.

Key Policy Provisions:

  • This policy clarifies the conditions under which WIOA Title I resources may be used to fund On the Job Training for eligible participants.

  • This policy also explains the requirements for businesses to be eligible to receive WIOA Title I funds under the On the Job Training program.

  • The policy clarifies the situations in which WIOA Title I resources may not be used for On the Job Training.

9.    POLITICAL ACTIVITY

LINK: Policy 02-2019 Political Activity (V1)

Summary: This is a new local policy to consolidate federal and state (RCW and ESD) guidelines regarding restrictions on political activities paid with federal or state funds, and disclosure requirements for other allowable political activities if paid with private funds. 

Key Policy Provisions:

  • The policy defines political activity and prohibits the engagement in such activities by individuals funded with state and federal resources. 

  • The policy differentiates between personal engagement in political activities and those undertaken as a representative of the WDC.

Open House & Staff Networking | Event Spotlight

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On March 29th, WorkSource Center Auburn held an Open House & Staff Networking event attended by over 60 representatives of agencies, community-based organizations, and service providers. The event was held during open hours to provide a window into daily operations and to demonstrate the principles of diversity and inclusion at work in a customer-centered space.

The event kicked off with an introduction from Kimberly Tickner, site administrator, highlighting customer success from working across agencies toward shared objectives. Over the course of two hours, organizations presented their programs, and participants focused on shared areas of improvement. Brad McGuire and Kimberly Tickner co-facilitated a human-centered design exercise on referrals—the “good, bad and ugly” of handing off customers to other service providers.

The event was well-received and may lead to future opportunities for WorkSource staff to foster professional relationships with local colleges, apprenticeship organizations, and community leaders, all with the goal of better serving customers.

Thanks to WorkSource Auburn, King County, the Operator Team, and all partners for helping put on a great event!

Free Online + Print Career Planning Resource, "Map Your Career"

“Map Your Career” microsite and print booklet for people of all career stages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 25, 2019

Seattle, Wash. – Community members of all ages and life stages are invited to use the newly redesigned career planning resource provided by the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County—"Map Your Career.” Map Your Career brings together labor market data with research around career pathways—both in the education system and within industries—in order to represent job opportunities in Seattle-King County now and in the future in a visual format that is accessible to students and jobseekers.

Where do you want to be in 10 years? It's a daunting question, no matter where you are now. Life changes, careers go in different directions. People learn things along the way that make them smarter and wiser. “Map Your Career” is an educational tool designed to illustrate the current and predicted labor market in Seattle- King County. 

In a classroom or in a career counseling setting, Map Your Career is most useful for those seeking to broaden awareness around local opportunities, and to inspire further discovery of education, training pathways, and networking starting points. The resource has been accessed by thousands over the past five years, including with release to school districts, WorkSource Seattle-King County job centers, and other community centers throughout the region. 

http://www.mapyourcareer.org 

Not only is the microsite responsive to devices (mobile, tablet, desktop), but it contains the most recent release of data related to industry opportunities, job titles and wages.

“We are thrilled to release this exciting redesigned resource to the community,” says Dot Fallihee, interim Chief Executive Officer. “Educators and community members of all ages seeking long-term, self-sufficient employment in Seattle-King County can benefit in their contributions to our thriving region.”

Check out the recording of the “Resource Showcase” to learn more about how to use the application:


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The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County is a nonprofit, grant-making organization dedicated to creating career pathways for adults and youth through demand-driven workforce and training programs. Led by a majority private sector board representing industry and partner agencies, the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County is positioned to serve both industry and community members as partners and customers. Learn more at seakingwdc.org.

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Washington Workforce Conference | Staff Presentation Highlights

Seattle-King County staff presented on a range of workforce development topics at annual statewide conference.

The Washington Workforce Conference took place November 6 & 7 with the theme “Powerful Partnerships: Building the Talent Pipeline,” hosted by the Washington Workforce Association.

Eleven staff and board member Ligaya Domingo from the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County presented nine seminars covering the current state of workforce development, with collaboration from the regional system and across the state.

In order of presentation:

The New Older Workplace

Beth Blanchard, Moderator/Lead Presenter
Georgia Duffy, Co-Presenter
Art Dreeban, Co-Presenter
Tom Auflick, Co-Presenter

The population of younger workers with sufficient education and skills is not large enough or growing fast enough to make up for the impending retirement of Baby Boomers. How are Workforce Development Councils and the WorkSource system prepared for and serving this population of jobseekers?

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Investing in Staff as Front Line Leaders

Liesel Schilperoort, Moderator/Lead Presenter
Samara Reich Thomas, Co-Presenter

Investment in professional staff development brings substantial return. How do we know? Over the past 10 years, we’ve strategically coordinated training and curricula for professional development within WorkSource Seattle-King County.

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Partners in Apprenticeship: Workforce Development Councils as Innovators in Work-Based Learning

Jason Petrait, Moderator/Lead Presenter

We’re engaging apprenticeships, employers, unions, and job seekers to facilitate the expansion of existing apprenticeship opportunities and the growth of new apprenticeships. Attendees learned about the current state of work-based learning and how to recognize opportunities to expand apprenticeship in their workforce areas.

Equity and Economic Security for Immigrants, Refugees and All Working People: Re-Envisioning Workforce Development and Adult Education

Ligaya Domingo, Moderator
Glenn S. Davis, Lead Presenter
Jennifer Hernandez, Co-Presenter

Immigrants and refugees represent more than one in six American workers, over 17 percent of the workforce, but they remain disproportionally employed in low-wage service jobs with high levels of underemployment and involuntary part-time work. Attendees received a toolkit resource and discussed robust targeted workforce and adult education programs utilizing both WIOA and non-WIOA funding to address labor market, institutional, language, education, and social barriers facing immigrant jobseekers and workers.

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WorkSource Brand Basecamp: Marketing Solutions for WorkSource Professionals

Janelle Guthrie, Moderator
Gary Smith, Lead Presenter
Hannah Mello, Co-Presenter
Curt Wilson, Co-Presenter
Bill Tarrow, Co-Presenter

The Washington Workforce Association Brand and Media group works together to develop professionally branded materials for print, web, and social media. Attendees toured the new Brand Basecamp, designed to provide WorkSource staff with tools to conduct successful employer and job seeker outreach.

Micro-Information Products (MIP) Today – Getting the Most from the System You Already Have

Marcelle Wellington, Moderator
Patti Miele, Lead Presenter

Micro-Information Products (MIP) is one of the most flexible, robust, and popular non-profit accounting software services in today’s market. Attendees learned how to get the most out of the system in order to make strategic business decisions.

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Learn from the Experiences of Two Local National Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG) Projects in Multiple Areas in the State

Seanna Ruvkun, Moderator/Lead Presenter
Charlie Thompson, Co-Presenter

A discussion on lessons learned from participation in the national Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG), administered by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Attendees identified opportunities and strategies for engaging diverse program participants in career pathway planning and progress aligned with industry need.

How Does an Integrated Communications Strategy Affect the Way We Do Business?

Hannah Mello, Moderator/Co-Presenter
Bryan Pannell, Lead Presenter
Heidi Seveska, Co-Presenter
Joe Taylor, Co-Presenter 

An effective communications strategy is critical to getting information to all possible audiences. Attendees learned how an integrated communications strategy allows small organizations to meet the increased opportunities—and demands—of the digital age.

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Job Readiness Training Curriculum: Evaluation and Professional Development for Youth Programs

Sean Morrin, Moderator/Lead Presenter
Mike Davie, Co-Presenter

Many curricula and programs aim to build the pipeline of workers by engaging young adults in job readiness training. Attendees learned how current research and tools can help to evaluate current job readiness curricula and programs to strategically plan for the future workforce.

Thanks to all presenters, attendees, and to the Washington Workforce Association for a great conference. See you next year!