Family Economic Mobility Toolkit

Education and Career

Family education and employment is a core aspect of family well-being and a common pathway to economic mobility. Many families pursue further education, job training, and new careers on their journey to financial stability and income growth.

Many of the FEM goals that families have relate to education and career. Many families may want to focus on strengthening their financial foundation by:

  • Exploring career pathways
  • Getting a job
  • Getting a GED or high school diploma
  • Accessing job training
  • Pursuing college and higher education
  • Paying for education
  • Starting a business


Career goals often impact benefits eligibility.

Discussing education and career goals are an important time to plan for how increased wages or earnings may impact any benefits they receive. Learn more about benefits cliffs.