The Career Index; A Resource for Job Seekers

By Robert McClain

Are you searching for a job? Have you been considering a career change? Do you even know how and where to begin your search? Well, just read on to learn about a new service that will guide you in such a vital decision making process and help steer you in to what will hopefully be a lifetime of rewarding and fulfilling work.

The Career Index (TCI) and TCI Plus were created by the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) under a grant from the Rehabilitation Services Agency. The partners involved in this collaborative project include George Washington University, San Diego State University, University of Arkansas, Syracuse University, Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, and National Disability Institute and Policy Works.
The Career Index and TCI Plus is a comprehensive online occupational information system developed specifically for vocational rehabilitation agency staff and customers. It takes the guesswork out of employment choices with a wide array of vocational data and tools in one place. It is easy to use, accessible, and free to everyone. With TCI at your fingertips, you now have access to the same employment information as your vocational counselor such as: up to date data from all 50 states’ labor market information divisions, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, O*Net online, Career InfoNet, U.S. Department of Labor Index, and much more.

In today’s ever-changing economy, making an informed career decision is more challenging and more important than ever. Consequently, a fundamental key to success is access to good information and tools to act on it. You might ask how does one know what information is relevant, and how does one make sense out of all the data? Well, the people behind TCI have spent more than 20 years combing a variety of data sources and turning the best into linked intelligence for better career choices.
Some of the types of information you will find through TCI and TCI Plus include:

* Information on employers who are actively hiring people with disabilities and veterans
* the latest state and local salary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
* The latest employment projections available from each states labor market information division as well as 5-year job posting trends showing you which way the market is moving for the occupation
* Over six million job openings updated in real-time as well as email alerts providing new postings for your selected occupation and location daily
* Chapter and verse on typical related work experience, educational level requirements, on the job training qualifications, and mor
* Information on more than 200 training programs linked to occupations around the country; as well as information on cost, accreditation, graduation rate, financial aid, etc.

In addition to the wealth of information provided through TCI, it also offers tools designed to help personalize your job search. These tools include the Holland Interest inventory which can be completed within ten minutes; a full-fledged O*Net based skills analyzer; an SSI and SSDI benefits calculator; and a custom analyzer that evaluates dozens of variables relating to viability and suitability based upon the user’s profile. These tools are integrated with real-time local labor market information as well as with local job openings from thousands of online job boards.
TCI compares thousands of data points with the customer’s background, needs and circumstances to produce a unique and easy-to-understand summary of pros and cons along with detailed support information for a given career choice. With all this information, the individual can make a truly informed career choice without having to be a professional employment consultant or labor market analyst. With the easy-to-use step by step interface, selecting a good vocational goal can be done easily from home or with your counselor.
In closing let me reiterate that The Career Index is the most comprehensive career information system available in America today. It is also screen reader friendly and all one must do to use it is to register. You register by going to the following web site: There, you will be prompted to enter your email address, first and last name, and zip code.
Good luck and happy hunting!

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