Using Technology to Boost Your Career If You Have a Disability
Guest Post by Elijah Dawson
Do you have a disability yet dream of going to college or holding down your ideal job? Fortunately, the internet and other technologies have made it easier than ever to succeed professionally while having a disability. Check out these tips from To The Rescue on using technology to boost your career if you have a disability.
Remote Learning Opportunities
Online certification programs make it easy to learn a highly marketable skill at your own pace. For example, you can find online courses for medical coding that you can complete on your own in less than 30 hours. Because this is such a highly sought after skill, this can open up a lot of doors for you – perhaps even including opportunities for remote working!
Online businesses are becoming increasingly popular because they allow you to work remotely. Remote working has grown significantly in recent years and lets people with disabilities find employment more easily. Working from home is often less stressful than commuting to an office every day. If you’re interested in starting your own business but have physical limitations that prevent you from leaving your home, consider starting an online-based business instead of a brick-and-mortar one.
Job Listing Websites
Whether you have a disability or not, finding employment can be challenging in today’s economy. But with all the resources available online today, there are many websites where you can find job listings for your specific field. For example, on Monster, you can search for jobs by location and keyword. And don’t forget about Google Alerts.
With everything from speech recognition software to special keyboard and eye-tracking systems, assistive technologies can help you overcome disabilities and pursue careers that might not have been previously possible. To boost your career with technology, start by visiting an assistive technology specialist or a vocational rehabilitation organization. Both can help you set up an office at home or provide other assistance for remote jobs.
Businesses that employ technology in interesting and unique ways can find success appealing to populations outside those typically targeted. If you have a disability, it might be worthwhile investigating whether your skills and abilities would be a good fit for an organization working with people with disabilities. Many organizations cater specifically to employment for people with disabilities. For example, the Job Accommodation Network provides tools, resources, and consulting help for businesses looking for employees with disabilities.
Mental Health While Job Searching
Searching for employment can be incredibly stressful. Many people struggle with depression and anxiety during job searches. If you’re struggling with mental health, there are resources available specifically aimed at helping you find work. For example, National Alliance on Mental Illness has programs that help you learn how to present yourself in interviews. NAMI also offers various other services designed to help those living with mental illness get back into work.
There are many opportunities for people with disabilities who want to learn new skills and advance. A number of employers have found that hiring someone with a disability is good for society and good for business.
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