Work readiness tools for young adults with chronic conditions

Courtney Metzinger, Christine Berg

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BACKGROUND: Young adults with chronic health conditions can experience barriers to work performance, ability, and their present and future worker roles. OBJECTIVE: Work readiness resources can expand individuals' work skills, abilities, and interests. METHODS: Five work readiness tools are presented (1) building an occupational profile, (2) generating environmental strategies, (3) on-the-job strategy use, and exploration of online tools (4) O∗NET® and (5) O∗NET® Interest Profiler, along with two theories (Knowles's Andragogy and Lawton's Ecological Model) to guide tool use. RESULTS: Use of these tools can assist young adults to better manage their health and expand their vocational identities for success at work. CONCLUSIONS: These approaches and tools support health professionals, community partners, and vocational organizations in their efforts to help young adults with chronic conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-615
Number of pages11
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 3 2015


  • O∗NET®
  • Vocational exploration
  • adult learning theory
  • environmental press
  • guided discovery


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