Career Advice

Using your Talents and Interests to Gain Employment with a Disability

While many companies have made it a priority to hire people with disabilities, these individuals can confront particular hurdles that might make the employment process even more difficult. Just as there is no one correct method for finding work, there is no one industry or profession best suited to a person with unique needs.


Imagine your happy place

When seeking employment, it’s important to remember that people don’t always succeed at what they’re interested in, but they often do well in activities that they find personally satisfying.

Ask yourself these questions when exploring job options to select one that will be both interesting and rewarding: When you’re not working, how do you prefer to relax? What excites you or holds significance for you? What elements of the job are non-negotiable?

Some areas of your life that you can consider when making this decision are your interests, talents, likes/dislikes, experiences, personality preferences, and area of study (if applicable). Ask your friends and family what types of jobs they think you would thrive in.


Assess your skillset

Consider a skill of yours that sets you apart from others. You should highlight these talents while applying for a job. Talents in project planning and development, number fluency, and accurate memory recall are just a few examples of valuable abilities.

Your knowledge and abilities can be categorized as either transferable or non-transferable skills. Skills that are transferable can be employed in a variety of settings. Skills that are not easily transferrable are those that are often only useful in a single workplace setting. However, due to the current job market’s emphasis on specialization, a broad skill set is no longer necessary.

Observe how you’re living this very moment. Abilities honed at home like budgeting, caring for children, or even organizing could be transferred to the workplace.


Get professional assistance

Self-evaluation can be done in a variety of ways. However, if you’re looking for a deeper understanding of who you are, it’s best to see a career counselor who can give you objective tests to help you figure things out. You can find career counselors in various positions, but the most prevalent places to find one are at community centers, your state’s Department of Rehabilitation, the local university’s career center, and state employment offices.


It can be difficult to develop the course of your career with a disability, but you can employ these strategies to help you identify those positions that appeal to you and construct a life that is fulfilling.