Why you Should Apply
Ohio businesses have reported a gap between the skills they seek in applicants and the skills applicants have, creating a high demand for professional skills. These skills correlate to student success in higher education as well. The OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal is a formal designation for high school students who have demonstrated that they are ready for the next step in their career path, whether in the workforce or the postsecondary classroom. To earn the seal, students must demonstrate proficiency in the top 15 most important professional skills identified by business leaders in Ohio.
Students receive first-hand information from mentors they identify on what it takes to be successful in their career path. These mentors can be from school, work or the community, helping the student to learn and obtain professional skills in diverse environments. Earning the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal helps set a student apart from other applicants and gives them a competitive advantage. The seal also acts as a recommendation from the student’s mentors, giving them a powerful credential during an application process. Businesses and higher education institutions across the state recognize and value the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal as an indicator that a student is prepared for their future.
Who is Eligible
Any high school student focused on success after high school is eligible to receive the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal. Although a student may earn the seal at any time during their high school education, they cannot receive formal recognition until they have graduated. At that time, the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal will be included on the student’s transcript and diploma.
How do Students Apply?
- Work with a teacher at your school to identify who to turn your OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal form in to.
- Identify the student's three mentors.
- Utilize the OMJ Readiness Seal Rubric to self-assess what skills are still needed to demonstrate.
- Work & communicate with mentors to demonstrate the 15 skills required to earn the seal.
- Complete validation form.
- Turn in your validation form.
- Earn the seal!