How to find a job when you have an Intellectual Disability


Tara, the founder of Me Plus More, mum of 3 young boys and 2 fish. Plus, I have enough plants to fill a small forest! I also have a bachelor’s degree in applied science and a master’s degree in international public health.
Published: Jan 4, 2022

How to find a job when you have an Intellectual Disability

Finding a job can seem scary

But there are lots of good reasons to get a job.

And lots of places looking to hire people like you.

Also read “4 reasons to get a job if you’re living with an intellectual disability blog

The hardest part might be starting to look. So, we are here to help with 3 job-finding tips.

Tip #1: Know what you want

You should consider

  • Your strengths (what you’re good at)
  • Your skills (what you know how to do do)
  • Your interests (what you like doing)
  • Your challenges (what you find hard)
  • The environment you’d like to work in (indoors, outdoors, quiet, noisy..?)

Once you have a better idea of what you want, you can find a job that suits you.

Tip # 2: Know where to look for jobs

There are lots of support options to help you find a job. 

You can check with:

  • The Internet – look online for jobs or business that hire people with a disability
  • Friends and Family
  • Your employment team

Tip #3: Prepare, prepare, prepare

Once you have applied for a job, you may be asked to do an interview.

An interview is just a chance for someone to meet you. 

They want to see if you are right for the job and whether you will be happy there. 

It is also a chance for you to ask questions and decide if you want to work there.

Before your interview, find someone you trust and spend some time:

  • Thinking about what you will say
  • Practicing being in a job interview (the other person can pretend to be the interviewer)
  • Learning about the company
  • Thinking of any questions you need to ask.

There is a job out there for you!

If you want extra help to find a job, talk to us at Me Plus More

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