Pulos’ Career Awareness and Exploration Toolkit (P-CAET)
The Pulos’ Career Awareness and Exploration Toolkit (P-CAET) is designed to help students with disabilities build awareness and exploration of different career pathways leading to entry-level jobs. Based on John Holland’s structural theory of career development, Holland (Luft, 2012) suggested an individual’s personality can be divided into six types corresponding with a variety of overarching thematic work environments: (a) Realistic, (b) Investigative, (c) Artistic, (d) Social, (e) Enterprising, and (f) Conventional. When aggregated, these are known as Holland’s Occupational Codes (e.g., RSC). Individuals tend to have dominant personality patterns which fit into two or three common types. By utilizing Holland’s career development theory, the P-CAET can be used to determine an individual’s occupational matches. All occupations within the P-CAET require low levels of education (i.e., no special training to a high school diploma or GED) to be successful; thus, all students with disabilities, ages 14 to 21, including those with significant support needs, can use the P-CAET. Many students have already made up their mind as it relates to postsecondary employment; therefore, the P-CAET may support those choices or offer a new lens of occupational discovery students may not be aware, prompting career exploration.