5 Keys to Finding Inclusive Employment
Finding inclusive employment is wonderful.
With the right job, you can:
- Earn money
- Meet new people
- Learn valuable skills
- Feel proud of yourself
- Take charge of your life
But it is important to find an organisation who supports, appreciates and listens to you.
We have 5 questions to ask while you look for a job.
Question 1: Do your skills and values match the organisation?
If you are not interested in your work, it can quickly become boring.
It can also feel wrong if you are not using your strengths.
Before you start applying for jobs, think about:
- The things you like doing
- What you are good at
- What you think is important
Question 2: Is the organisation flexible?
Your needs might be different to other people.
- Need more regular breaks
- find it hard to speak to people on the phone.
- take more time to learn how to do new tasks.
This is all fine. But you should talk about this during your interview.
The good places will help you and work with you for success.
Question 3: Do you feel respected?
Some companies talk about inclusion, but they do not always mean it.
Apply for ads that have inclusive, respectful words – because they will have an inclusive, respectful workplace.
Question 4: Did the job ad feel right?
The best employers actively look for people with different abilities.
They put ads in lots of different places where you can easily find them.
Make sure you look at:
- Nonprofits who work with people with disabilities
- Social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
- Blogs (search for things like “intellectual disability jobs” or “disability employment”)
If you see a job that looks good, go for it!
These companies are looking for amazing people like you.
Question 5: Does the company focus on what you can do?
Avoid companies that focus on what you can not do.
Find the ones interested in what you can do. That is much more important.
- Ask job-related, not disability-related questions.
For example “How would you perform this particular task?”
- Tell you before the interview if you need to take a test.
- Want your ideas.
Keep these keys in mind and you will be working at a job you love in no time.
As our team-member Ruth says: “It might take people a while to adjust, but once they start working, everything is ok!”
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