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  • 2021
    1/27

    Now Available: New Assessments Added to Illinois workNet Skills & Interest Surveys

    Illinois workNet has added two new assessment tools, Reality Check and Learning Style Survey, to the Skills & Interest Surveys offered to partners and customers. The Reality Check and Learning Styles Surveys are available for free, with the use of your Illinois workNet account, from the Illinois Career Information System (CIS).

    Reality Check helps customers determine the lifestyle they can afford based on their monthly expenses and the occupations that will pay for all of their needs in a specific city/region within Illinois.

    The Learning Styles Survey helps customers identify learning styles (auditory, tactile, or visual) through a series of activities to see which type of work environment they would learn best in.

    Each assessment takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. After the customer has completed the assessments, their results will be saved in their CIS profile (which is accessible through their workNet account dashboard) and the Illinois workNet Customer Support Center.

    To access the Skills & Interest Surveys:

    • Go to https://www.illinoisworknet.com 

    • Log into your Illinois worknet account

    • Click on My Dashboard and select Interests

    • Then select the survey you would like to complete

    To learn more about Skills and Interest Surveys, checkout this Illinois workNet article.

  • 2021
    1/05

    National Mentoring Month 2021

    January marks National Mentoring Month across the United States! The annual campaign is aimed at expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community's youth with caring adults. Mentors make an impact by providing young people with the tools to make responsible choices, attend and engage in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior. 

    Who do you turn to? 

    If you are looking for someone to help with decisions and life in general, find a mentor today!  

    Do you have what it takes to be a mentor?   

    Most of us have had a teacher, supervisor, or coach who has been a mentor to us and made a positive difference in our lives. Those people wore many hats acting as delegators, role models, cheerleaders, policy enforcers, advocates, and friends. Mentors assume these different roles and share some basic qualities such as: 

    • A sincere desire to be involved with a mentee, 
    • Respect for young people, 
    • Active listening skills, 
    • Empathy, 
    • Ability to see solutions and opportunities, and 
    • Flexibility. 

    Explore being a mentor or advocate for mentoring by visiting the Illinois Mentor website

    Spread the word for mentoring! 

    Look through the national Campaign Toolkits for ways to promote mentoring. View the National Mentoring Month Kick-off Video and share on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media platforms. 

    Also, be sure to check out these Illinois workNet resources and articles on mentoring: