Education For Better Work

For those who need additional education or training to get a job. Group members will research, create, and present career and education plans. They will also spend time each week practicing skills that will help them be more effective learners.

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Below you will find additional church, community, and other local resources to help you with your journey to a successful career. Each section corresponds to your weekly group meeting material in the Education For Better Work manual you are studying.

Week 1 - The Glory of God Is Intelligence: Informed Decisions Lead To Intelligent Choices
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Matching Your Income Needs to A Career Choice
- Start Your Career and Education Evaluation

Week 2 - Prepare For Success: Decisions Determine Your Destiny
- How Do I Choose a Profession?
- Community Assistance

Week 3 - Understand the Job Market - What Jobs Are Actually Out There?
- Career Assessment
- Is My Desired Career Path in Demand?
- Skill and Training Required

Week 4 - Evaluating Your Training Options: Understanding Local Education Opportunities
- Explore Local Education Options

Week 5 - Choose A Program Of Study: Making a Decision
- Evaluating the Cost of Education
- Utah System of Higher Education Data

Week 6 - Pay for Your Education: Maximizing Your Return On Investment
- Paying for Your Education
- Scholarships, Grants & Prizes
- Your Scholarship Toolbox

Week 7 - Present Your Plan: Own It And Make It Yours
- Toolbox

Week 8 - Creating an Environment for Success: Go And Do
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Week 9 - Understanding Expectations: Eyes Wide Open
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Week 10 - Strengthen Study Skills: Create A Pattern Of Hard Work
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Week 11 - Stay on Course: Remain Focused On Your End Goal
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Week 12 - Prepare for Work: Ready, Set, Go!
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Informed Decisions Lead To Intelligent Choices

“God wants you to have intelligence. He wants you to know what to do in life. He wants you to know how to provide for yourself and your family, both spiritually and temporally.” - pg. 6, Education for Better Work

COMMITMENT ASSISTANCE

The below resources may assist you with your commitments on pg. 14, My Commitments B, C & D. Discuss your findings with your spouse, family, friend or action partner.

MATCHING YOUR INCOME NEEDS TO A CAREER CHOICE

"One of the first steps in your education path is to determine how much income you need to be self-reliant. Once you know how much income you need, you can begin to explore potential jobs and needed training." - pg. 9, Education for Better Work

Understanding your expenses and the the pay rate for particular jobs in Utah can be very helpful in your search for a career and education path. These resource may help you in your research:

Utah Futures - Reality Check
Online budgeting tool to determine your needs and match your income needs with different job opportunities. Analyze your expenses and discover which occupations will support this lifestyle.

Living Wage Calculator
The living wage model was created by Dr. Amy Glasmeier at MIT. The information is an estimate of the cost of basic needs. The market-based approach draws on geographic data related to a family’s likely minimum food, childcare, health insurance, housing, transportation, and other basic necessities (e.g. clothing, personal care items, etc.) costs.

Occupational Wage Data - Utah Department of Workforces Services
The state of Utah provides wage data summaries for the state and regions within the state.

Payscale.com - Average Salary for State:Utah
This site can assist in discovering what particular jobs pay within any state and typical career paths branching from a particular job.

Paycheck Calculator
Enter your pay rate and deduction allowances to estimate your take-home pay per month.

START YOUR CAREER AND EDUCATION EVALUATION

You will be asked to build a profile of your career and educational training options throughout the first 6 group meetings. The template below will allow you to track all the data in one place and help you evaluate your options more completely. You will need to either download the Excel spreadsheet or create a copy of the Google spreadsheet and save to your own Google Doc account to begin your budget.

Career and Education Evaluation - Template (Microsoft Excel)
Career and Education Evaluation - Template (Google Spreadsheet)

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Decisions DEtermine Your Destiny

“You may not fully know what work you should do right now, but take the next step, and then the next step. Continually move forward. Seek information, ponder, and pray, but don’t overthink and don’t get stuck in indecision.” - pg. 24, Education for Better Work

COMMITMENT ASSISTANCE

The below resources may assist you with commitments on pg. 38, My Commitments B & D. Discuss your findings with your spouse, family, friend or action partner.

How Do I Choose A Profession?

“Revelation to the children of God comes when they are on the move.” -Elder Dallin H. Oaks, pg. 24, Education for Better Work

The first step is to identify possible career paths. This career choice should be one that is practical and one meets your individual financial needs.

The links below may be helpful in a career search:

1. Career One Stop - Career exploration
2. Utah.gov/careers - State of Utah career information
3. O*Net Resource Center - research careers, pay scales and more

Resource articles and sites to help you choose a profession:
LDSJobs.org - Choosing a Profession
TheBalance.com - Steps To Choosing a Career
CareerKey.org - How To Choose A Career
WikiHow.com - Choose the Right Career
Qualifax.ie - Choosing A Career

Community Assistance

"Because employers are seeking people who can provide value to their company, it is important that you know what you can offer employers. What are you good at doing? What could you become good at doing?" - pg. 26, Education for Better Work

There are various resources in the community that can assist you in identifying career opportunities and counseling with you about a career path.

Deseret Employment
With a bishop's authorization, you may be eligible to receive career counseling from a Development Counselor at one of the regional DI complex locations. Contact your local Self-Reliance Resource Center for more information.

UVU Career Development Center
The center's services engage students and alumni in exploring and preparing for professional pursuits with the express purpose of empowering them to achieve their career goals.

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What Jobs Are Actually Out there?

“Some jobs take a lot of training and time to qualify for. Many jobs also require experience in addition to the training. You want to know what steps may be needed to obtain the jobs that interest you.” - pg. 50, Education for Better Work

COMMITMENT ASSISTANCE

The below resources may assist you with your commitments on pg. 54, My Commitments B & D. Discuss your findings with your spouse, family, friend or action partner.

Career Assessment

“(Your chosen field) should be one which will challenge your intellect and which will make maximum utilization of your talents and your capabilities.” - President Thomas S. Monson, pg. 53, Education for Better Work

To aid you in your exploration of potential careers, you may want to take an online self-assessment. Career assessment tools look at your interests, skills and work values to help you identify potential career options that best suit you. Available free self-assessment test:

Career One Stop
O*Net Interest Profiler
123 Career Test

Before making a career decision, it is important to know if the career will comply with your desired work/life balance. Some important decisions to ask yourself:

• In my ideal career, what does a typical day at work look like? At a desk or up and about? Interacting with people minimally or a lot?
• Where do I want to live? Am I willing to live far away from my extended family?
• Am I willing to work on-call hours, various shifts, etc.?
• Am I willing to travel for work?
• Do I plan to leave my career for a period of time (such as to be an at-home caregiver) and then re-enter?

Is My Desired Career Path In Demand?

Not all career choices are in demand in a given region or even an area within a state. It's important to do a little bit of homework to see if your desired career has market demand. Below are a few resources to begin your investigation:

Utah Occupational Projections - Utah Department of Workforce Services
Utah's Occupational Projections - Utah.gov

A quick search of popular job sites can give you an idea of the demand for specific jobs and what skills are required to qualify.
1. Indeed.com
2. Ziprecruiter.com
3. Glassdoor.com
4. KSL.com
5. LinkedIn.com
6. LDSJobs.org
7. Utah Department of Workforce Services
8. Work from home job opportunities

SKILLs AND TRAINING REQUIRED

Use the resources above to identify the positions you are interested in and the needed training or experience required. Build a profile for each job or career path you are interested in pursuing.

What skills, experience, certifications or degree will you need to obtain? Which do you already have? You may want to consider putting together a list or spreadsheet to break down each career option. Later you will be able to add the cost of education to your data. Continue editing your Career and Education Evaluation document, if previously downloaded. If not, you may download it now and begin to use.

Career and Education Evaluation - Template (Microsoft Excel)
Career and Education Evaluation - Template (Google Spreadsheet)

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Understanding LOCAL
Education Opportunities

“You can fulfill your mission here on earth if you are diligent in seeking to understand and obey His will for you.” - pg. 58, Education for Better Work

COMMITMENT ASSISTANCE

The below resources may assist you with your commitments on pg. 71, My Commitments B & D. Discuss your findings with your spouse, family, friend or action partner.

Explore Local Education Institutions

“Many schools and training providers have people who can answer your questions. Contact a person in the organization, express interest in the training, and ask to speak with someone who can answer your questions.” - pg. 67, Education for Better Work

Explore Utah's Higher Education Institutions
Utah College Directory
Utah System Of Technical Colleges

LDS Church Education System
See summary

LDS Colleges and Universities
Brigham Young University - Provo, Utah
Brigham Young University – Idaho
Brigham Young University – Hawaii
LDS Business College

Additional LDS Education Options
Pathway Connect
Low-cost, flexible way to start on a path to a university degree. Choose from 40 online programs.
Lehi Pathway Connect Program
Orem Pathway Connect Program

Other Educational Options
Enrolling in college is not the only option for furthering your education. In some cases, your best option may be to learn a specific skill set or earn a certification. These options may more quickly get you qualified for better paying work or act as a career stepping stone.

Technical Colleges
Utah System Of Technical Colleges
These colleges provide skill-based courses and certification programs in a wide range of fields.

Other Certificate and 2-Year Degree Programs
Utah Valley University
LDS Business College
University of Utah
CompTIA - IT certifications

Online Learning Courses
LearnKey
Pluralsight
Lynda.com
Udemy

Many industries will have specialized courses and, in some cases, companies may be willing to sponsor an employee's ongoing education. Speak with your employer or an industry expert to find out more.

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MAking A decision

“The number of good things we can do far exceeds the time available to accomplish them. Some things are better than good, and these are the things that should command priority attention in our lives.” - Elder Dallin H. Oaks, pg. 93, Education for Better Work

COMMITMENT ASSISTANCE

The resources below will help you complete some of the activities and may assist you with your commitments on pg. 92, My Commitments B & D. Discuss your findings with your spouse, family, friend or action partner.

EVALUATING THE COST OF EDUCATION

“Not all education and training are created equal. Some training programs and schools are better than others. Some programs may be more effective at training students and have higher job placement rates. Some might be difficult to get into, or perhaps many students don’t complete their program. You will need to determine if they are worth the cost.” - pg. 66, Education for Better Work

Identifying a Program of Study
Degree Finder - UtahFutures.org

Discovering the Cost of Education
Contact institutions directly for the most current costs for enrollment. The below sites will give you a good idea:
College Tuition Cost Comparison
StepUp - Facts At A Glance 2017-2018
MTech - Lehi Technical College

Utah System Of Higher Education Data

Further exploration into the results of those who engage in Utah's higher education system may be helpful.
Acceptance Rates
Placement Rates

Graduation Rates By Institution
Data for Utah System of Technical Colleges - 2017 Annual Report

Most institutions will be able to provide placement rate data for their programs. Call and ask for the latest information from their enrollment or admissions office regarding your chosen field of study.

NEED MORE INFORMATION OR ASSISTANCE?

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MAXIMIZE YOUR RETURN ON INVESTMENT

"There are several ways to pay for an education. As much as possible, pay for your education with your own savings or income. Work while going to school. You may need to spend less and take on additional work to provide more income.

Other finance options are available if you don’t have enough savings or income. Private organizations, individuals, and governments have established programs that can help you pay for your training.

'For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I prepared all things.' (D&C 104:17)." - pg. 100, Education for Better Work

COMMITMENT ASSISTANCE

The below resources may assist you with commitments on pg. 110, My Commitments B & D. Discuss your findings with your spouse, family, friend or action partner.

Paying For Your Education

"Part of your commitments this week will be to explore the best options to pay for your chosen education or training program. Do your research and talk to people who will be able to help you. Many schools have someone who can help you. Try reaching the financial aid office, or contact the school, training provider, or business and ask to speak with someone who can answer your questions about paying for your training." - pg. 106, Education for Better Work

There are four kinds of financing for college:
• income and savings
• scholarships or
grants
• apprenticeships
• student loans

Your goal is to avoid student debt. Student loans are crushing many Americans (Student Load Statistics 2018). We are blessed to be in a state where the cost of education is some of the lowest in the nation. "Student loans are debt. Unlike grants and scholarships, they must be repaid and typically cost you interest. If you are unable to pay, you could hurt your credit or your ability to move forward in life." - pg. 105

Find help with these resources about financial planning and aid for education.
Paying For College - StepUp Utah
Want To Go To School? - LDSJobs.org article
BYU Financial Aid
UVU Financial Aid
FAFSA - free application for Federal Student Aid

Scholarships, Grants and PRizes

“Many [people] in the world are going into debt to get an education, only to find the cost of school is greater than they can repay. Seek out scholarships and grants." - pg. 102, Education for Better Work

Many scholarship or grant options are available to those who work hard and put in the effort to qualify and apply. Start as soon as you can. It's not too early to start pursuing scholarships as early as the 8th grade. Scholarships have requirements that must be fulfilled prior to applying. These requirements can take years to fulfill. Planning ahead will make all the difference.

Begin your scholarship research by investigating opportunities with these resources:

• Check with the education institution directly.
• Check with your school counselor.
• Check with your employer or a parent's employer for scholarship opportunities.
• Check with large local employers, organizations and charities.
Regents' Scholarship - encourages Utah high school students to prepare for college.
New Century Scholarship - encourages Utah high school students to accelerate their education by earning an associate degree in high school.
GoalsWork Institute - offers free and paid courses for identifying and getting scholarships

Websites
Scholarship Search - UtahFutures.org
FastWeb.com
- search up to 1.5 million scholarships
Scholarships.com - find money for college
Cappex.com - $11 billion in scholarships
Scholly.com - connects students with the best scholarship matches
Scholar-Box.com - quickly find scholarship matches
Petersons.com - school and scholarship finder
GoalsWork Institute - Scholarship helps

Books
Scholarships, Grants and Prizes, by Peterson's
The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2019, by Gen Tanabe, Kelly Tanabe

Build Your Scholarship Toolbox

You will want to apply for multiple scholarships. The application process is usually similar. To make the process of applying for multiple scholarship more simple, it's recommended that you assemble a scholarship toolbox.

View and download Build Your Scholarship Toolbox (Google Doc). Viewable without a Google account.

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Own IT and Make It Yours

"Sharing your self-reliance plan with others helps you be more committed to following through on your plan." - pg. 122, Education for Better Work

COMMITMENT ASSISTANCE

The below resources may assist you with commitments on pg. 126, My Commitments B, C & D. Discuss your findings with your spouse, family, friend or action partner.

Toolbox

If you have not already, you may use one of the below templates to update your education plan based on the research you've completed related to income, expenses, career and education analysis, and financing. Organize the information gathered and use the template to present your plan to your group and family.

Download a education evaluation template:
Career and Education Evaluation - Template (Microsoft Excel)
Career and Education Evaluation - Template (Google Spreadsheet)

View and download Build Your Scholarship Toolbox.

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Go AND Do

“Wherefore, the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself ... and not ... be acted upon” - pg. 132, Education for Better Work

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EYES Wide Open

“As you move forward with faith, the Lord will bless you with strength and ability.” - pg. 157, Education for Better Work

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CREATE A PATTERN OF HARD WORK

“Share what you are learning with someone. This will give you the chance to better understand and remember the new information…. Applying in your life what you are learning helps you remember it.” - pg. 171, Education for Better Work

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Remain Focused On YOUR END GOAL

“Failure is part of learning. The best learners pick themselves up after each failure. Learning how to do this is more important than never making any mistakes.” - pg. 187, Education for Better Work

“Our destiny is not determined by the number of times we stumble but by the number of times we rise up, dust ourselves off, and move forward.” - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, pg. 187, Education for Better Work)

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READY, SET, GO!

“The more you prepare for the job you want, the more your chances improve to get the job.” - pg. 198, Education for Better Work

“Being flexible in our approach to our work opportunities may just make it possible to keep afloat financially.” - pg. 205, Education for Better Work

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