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PEP Talk: Personal Employment Planning System

This resource contains both evidence-based research and practice-based materials that can help guide the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of career pathways programs.
Student Assistance Foundation
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation: 
Montana Department of Labor and Industry
Montana Office of Public Instruction
Montana Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
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The Personalized Employment Planning system (PEP Talk) is designed to help adults personalize the process of creating an employment plan by using the PEP Talk Blueprint and the Montana Career Information System. Clients, made up primarily of adult basic education students and job services participants, are provided with a step-by-step plan promoting:

  • Awareness (of their skills, interests and life issues);
  • Exploration (of possible careers based on awareness results, job availability and demand, salaries, physical or other limitations, training needed, and possible financial assistance); and
  • Goal Setting.

A very similar computerized career exploration system is used by nineteen other states.

The PEP Talk Blueprint was created to simplify the process described above and help job seekers go step-by-step through the process of creating their own personalized employment plan. Twenty-eight video training modules were created as additional help and are available at the PEP Talk website.

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This resource is intended to help program participants narrow their employment skills and preferences to specific career clusters and guide program participants in the appropriate educational and career pathways for achieving employment goals in those fields.

This resource was reviewed and vetted through the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001.