Finding Employment with an Intellectual Disability: Our top 3 tips
Finding a job can be hard.
There might be:
- Social stigma
- Office spaces that are hard to access
- Not much flexibility
- A lack of understanding about disabilities.
But you can feel confident.
With good support and advice, you can find a job that works for you.
To help you find employment, we have 3 tips to share.
- Know your strengths and goals
- Get good support
- Be flexible
Tip 1: Know your strengths and goals
As a person with a disability, you have a lot to offer.
Companies will appreciate your fresh perspective and unique experience.
To find a job that works for you, it helps to think about:
- What are your best skills?
- What do you want to do?
- What makes you happy?
- Do you prefer loud or quiet spaces?
- Do you like working alone or with others?
- What physical or technological support do you need?
Tip 2: Get support
But working with a career support counsellor can help.
These services can help you:
- connect with employment experts
- Understand your skills and strengths
- Create a successful cover letter and resume
- Find resources, networks and agencies to help you.
Tip 3: Consider volunteering or part-time work
If you can volunteer or start in a part-time role, it can help you reach your goals.
It’s also a good way to ease into employment.
Remember: everyone deserves employment. With a little thought and support you will find the right role for you.
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