The Pathway Star is described as a progress tool measuring one's level of improvement under a program plan and is specifically tailored to young people who require considerable support to obtain a job.
Communicare's Transition to Work (TtW) program engages with clients in between the ages of 15-24 who have trouble entering employment and incorporate this tool to eliminate weak areas and better prepare them to successfully transition into the workplace.
The Pathway Star (otherwise known as the Outcomes Star), identifies eight common barriers young people face in relation to obtaining and maintaining employment, including:
- Stability at home
- Healthy lifestyle
- Emotional wellbeing
- Family & relationships
- Friends & connections
- Confidence & aspirations
Unlike the Work Star which is applicable to people who are already able to apply for work, the Pathway Star is most useful for supporting people making significant changes in their lives i.e. moving out of home or entering the workplace.
TtW Youth Mentors facilitate the initial Pathway Star in the second appointment of a participant's 'initial phase' (e.g. introduction and interview) and review their progress every eight weeks during the 'contact phase'.
One client this tool has helped significantly is TtW's John, who prior commencing with TtW in July 2020, was un-employed and un-motivated, which eventually discouraged him to source a job.
John had an interest in the mining industry however was not capable of applying for a role due to financial strain and physical injuries which lead to a decline in his mental health.
When first introduced to the Pathway Star, John ranked in the area of confidence and aspirations but on six of the eight domains, two of which were stability at home and family and relationships.
This required intensive assistance and careful case management monitoring, and after various sessions with his mentor and self-building exercises focusing on his mental health, John experienced positive improvement in these key areas right up until the final four weeks of his journey ('moving on' phase).
This progress was evidenced by him enrolling in a Jobs in Logistics (JLOG) course and upon completion, John will receive eight licenses mandatory for his desired field of interest including forklifting, warehousing and truck driving – boosting his employability and appeal amongst industry professionals.
John able to address challenges which affected relationships with those closest to him, overturning his certain behaviors (e.g. anger) and bettering his mental state.
The effectiveness of this tool built his capacity to better his job readiness and enabled him to overcome previously identified challenges to get to the point where he could manage tasks, expectations and emotions autonomously.
By highlighting the participant's points of strength and how to (potentially) replicate it in other areas, our TtW mentors were able to re-motivate John and remove the barriers hindering him from developing the skills, attitudes and behaviors relevant to different areas of his life beyond the workplace.
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