Working in Business: Tips for Young Adults With Disabilities
The job market has made tremendous strides toward disability awareness and making workplaces more accommodating to individuals with various disabilities. But there’s still much more work to be done, and many young adults with disabilities aren’t sure of their options for forging a successful, fulfilling career. Here are some tips for establishing a lucrative career when you live with a disability.
Research Different Paths
The first step to building a successful business career is determining which industry you can thrive in. The good news is that there are countless fields to consider in business, many of which are ideal pathways for people with disabilities.
For example, you could earn competitive pay as an accountant for a financial institution. You could work as a pharmaceutical sales representative and earn six figures. Many individuals with disabilities flourish as computer systems analysts, provided they are adept at math and technology. Here are a few other job ideas to consider:
Find Out the Education/Training Needed
Once you’ve narrowed down your options, research the educational or training requirements. Some of the world's most successful entrepreneurs don't have a college degree, but there's no denying higher education can open many doors for a career in business.
For instance, an engineering degree can help you land a high-paying job from the outset. Finance, statistics, and mathematics are also good fields to study if money is your primary concern.
Some degrees are exceptionally versatile and can serve as a solid foundation for entrepreneurship. For example, a computer science degree can help you land lucrative work in artificial intelligence (AI), architecture, or data. And you could use the degree to build a tech consulting company or other computer-related business.
Use LinkedIn to Establish a Social Presence
Networking is critical in any industry, especially when you’re in the early stages of your career. These days, social media plays a vital role in professional networking. If you haven't done so, create a LinkedIn account and start meeting other professionals.
Understand that LinkedIn serves different purposes than Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other platforms. You'll want to use a professional profile photo and only post content related to your industry; most professionals don’t want to make connections with people who rant about politics religion, etc.
Don’t Count Out Business Ownership
Entrepreneurship is one of the best all-around career paths for individuals with disabilities. It allows you more control over your workspace, schedule, income, and your career overall. Plus, if you have the necessary skills and knowledge, you can thrive with any type of business you wish. You just have to be willing to work for it and persevere through challenges.
Make a list of your passions, interests, and experiences, and choose a few business ideas to research. Then, find a gap you can fill in the market. When you have a promising idea, you'll be ready to make a business plan and lay the foundation for your company.
Find Work While You’re Learning
Students with disabilities face many challenges, but an education can help them overcome these obstacles and find successful careers. Many high school students with disabilities are able to find part-time jobs in their local community. For example, they may work in retail stores or as food service workers. With the right training and support, they can also find jobs in more specialized fields, such as healthcare or technology. College students with disabilities have even more opportunities available to them. In addition to pursuing traditional academic paths, they can also consider vocational programs that offer on-the-job training in a variety of fields. With the right preparation, students with disabilities can find rewarding and challenging careers that suit their unique skills and interests.
There are more options than ever for young adults with disabilities to forge lucrative and fulfilling careers. Do your research and determine the education or training you need to launch a career in your desired field. Remember to develop a professional resume and began networking on platforms like LinkedIn. And if you're a self-starter with a unique idea, consider launching a company out of your passion.
Above all, believe in yourself and stay dedicated to your vision. You can do anything you set your mind to!
Authored by Chelsea Lamb | firstname.lastname@example.org
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