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Career Planning

Serving participants of the Supports Program and Community Care Program in the New Jersey Counties of Salem, Cumberland and Cape May.

We help find the career path that is right for you.

Career planning is a person-centered, comprehensive employment planning and support service that assists program participants in obtaining, maintaining, or advancing in competitive employment or self-employment. It is a focused, time-limited service engaging a participant in identifying a career direction and developing a plan for achieving competitive, integrated employment at or above the state’s minimum wage.

The outcome of this service is documentation of the participant’s stated career objective and a career plan used to guide individual employment support. If a participant is employed and receiving supported employment services, career planning may be used to find other competitive employment more consistent with the person’s skills and interests or to explore advancement opportunities in his or her chosen career. This service is available to participants in accordance with the DDD Supports Program Policies & Procedures Manual and as authorized in their Service Plan. This service is available to participants at a maximum of 80 hours per Service Plan year. If the participant is eligible for services from the State’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, these services must be exhausted before Career Planning can be offered to the participant. Examples of this service may be: Determination of career direction through interest inventories, situational assessments, etc. · Development of a plan that states the career objective and guides individual employment support.

The career planning process utilizes the individual’s dreams, outcomes, personal preferences, interests, and needs to help the individual figure out the types of employment he/she wants to pursue and develop a plan to assist him/her in getting there. The focus of the career planning process is on identifying what the job seeker wants to do rather than a lack of skills or limitations that he/she may have. Upon identification of the desired employment outcome, the career plan will identify support needs necessary toward reaching that outcome. Each individual’s career planning service is unique to that individual’s plan and demonstrates increasing involvement in the employment market, development of community connections, and continued movement toward inclusive settings and community employment.


  • Developing a career path that leads to maintained employment in the general workforce
  • Furthering an individual’s career through increased wages earned, receipt of employment benefits, increased working hours, promotions, etc.
  • Increasing an individual’s satisfaction with his/her career direction in circumstances where the individual is unsatisfied with his/her current job

How to reach the goals

  • Utilizing a person-centered approach to discover the individual’s likes/dislikes, job preference goals, strengths/skills, and support needs to develop a career plan;
  • Partnering with the individual and people he/she already knows to identify creative methods leading to the end result of employment within the career path of choice;
  • Identifying a network of people/connections who can assist, leads, support, etc. to accomplish employment within the career path of choice;
  • Developing a written plan that will guide the individual in negotiating/meeting his/her needs;
  • Finding a new approach to the individual’s career path; and/or
  • Connecting to the individual’s community and discovering additional resources.