O*NET® Products at Work
The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration introduced the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to the public in 1998. Since that time, its impact on workforce development, career counseling, educational programming and human resource activities has quickly expanded, both in the U.S. and around the world. O*NET Products at Work provides examples of the widespread use of O*NET OnLine, the O*NET database, the Toolkit for Business, and the O*NET Career Exploration Tools.
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Kuder Journey offers an intuitive Web site with personalized content which helps job seekers plan for a career, make a career change, and keep their career on track. Users can easily navigate a flexible step-by-step process to take career assessments, explore new options using their transferable skills, make plans to further their education and training, prepare for job opportunities, and develop a shareable e-Portfolio. Kuder Journey relies on O*NET occupational data.
The Navy Manpower Analysis Center (NAVMAC) uses O*NET data in its work to develop Occupational Standards (OCCSTDS). Navy OCCSTDS serve as a basis for training and career development in areas such as formal school curricula, onboard training, development of Personnel Advancement Requirements, and development of Navy-wide advancement examinations. The O*NET skills taxonomy is used to categorize task statements as part of the process to develop the Occupational Standards.
Health and Human Services Pathway program from Seattle Washington Public Schools
Seattle Washington Public Schools used O*NET data in its Health and Human Services Pathway program. Career educators used O*NET occupational information to structure their work in reorganizing courses of study. For the occupations in their curriculum, they used the common language of O*NET data to support the content a course should include. Educators also considered crediting courses across Pathways. For example, they might have identified a Career and Technical Education course that also fulfilled a requirement in art, social studies, or English by looking for O*NET abilities, skills, and work contexts that are common across multiple Pathways.
Enhancing Skills of Salvadorans in the New Century from The United States Agency for International Development (USAID )
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in El Salvador, through its Economic Growth Office, issued a Request for Task Order Proposal (RFTOP) to implement a workforce development program titled “Enhancing Skills of Salvadorans in the New Century.” The objective of this Task Order is to improve the functioning of the Salvadoran labor market by matching the country’s supply of skilled workers with private sector demands for labor. Occupational research could be used to jump-start curriculum development processes and provide trainers with industry experience and standards. USAID suggests that adapting O*NET classifications of occupational knowledges, skills, and abilities would be one way to help trainers to effectively design curriculum and skills assessments for their trainees.
The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development is located at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. The center teaches the use of O*NET information in its Working Ahead: The National Workforce and Career Development Curriculum. This credentialed 120-hour curriculum teaches career counseling and guidance to front-line staff in workforce development, community organizations, and community colleges. Working with a network of state departments of education and state career resource networks, the Heldrich Center is developing a training guide and student manual so that counselors and education staff can learn to use the O*NET database as a career exploration tool for middle school, high school, and college-level students.