Three Things Disabled Individuals Should Know about Finding a Job
Don’t give up on finding work just because you have a disability. The government, various charities and many employers are more than willing to help you find productive, fulfilling work in the field of your expertise. Following are some tips that can increase your chances of getting a good job.
Get Government Help
The Access to Work and Work Choice schemes provide practical support to disabled workers in a part-time or full-time job. Learn more about these schemes to discover which one can best help you find and retain the job of your choice.
Know Where to Apply
The Equality Act 2010 requires that employers make workplaces accessible to disabled potential employees. However, if you want to make sure a potential employer welcomes those who have a physical disability, look for the “two ticks” symbol next to a job advert. This symbol indicates that an employer will grant an interview to any disabled job applicant who meets the basic job requirements.
Brush up on Training
If you need more training in a particular field in order to land the job of your choice, talk to a Disability Employment Advisor at Jobcentre to see if you can enroll in an apprenticeship scheme or take a residential training course. You may also want to consider enrolling in a distance learning program. Increasing your skills in a particular area will increase not only your employment opportunities but also make it possible to earn more than you would have otherwise.
A disability should not be a hindrance to finding gainful employment. Realistically consider your situation, talk with those who can help you and then look for work in the field of your expertise. You may be surprised to find that the job of your dreams is not out of your reach.