In The Know: Employment Tips for Adults With Disabilities

Wed 28 Feb 2024

Navigating the Path to Success:
Tips for Young Adults with Disabilities Pursuing Business Careers
Part One*
By Ed Carter of AbleFutures

 

In today’s diverse and inclusive workforce, young adults with disabilities have more opportunities than ever to build successful careers in the business world. With the availability of remote work options, flexible arrangements, and a wide range of industries to choose from, pursuing a career in business is an excellent choice for those seeking to overcome challenges and achieve their goals. In this piece, we’ll explore the various advantages of building a business career when you have a disability and discuss how to navigate the path to success.

Remote Work Opportunities

One of the most significant benefits of starting a career in business as a young adult with disabilities is the increasing prevalence of remote work options. As businesses continue to adapt to the needs of the modern workforce, many companies now offer employees the chance to work from home or other remote locations. This flexibility can be incredibly helpful for people with disabilities, as it allows them to create a comfortable, accessible work environment tailored to their needs.

Flexible Work Arrangements Are Common

In addition to remote work options, many businesses are also offering flexible work arrangements to accommodate the needs of employees with disabilities. These arrangements can include modified schedules, job sharing, or part-time positions, providing individuals with the opportunity to balance their work responsibilities with medical appointments and other personal needs. By prioritizing work-life balance, businesses can help ensure that employees with disabilities can thrive professionally while maintaining their well-being.

There Are a Range of Industries to Explore

The business world offers a vast array of industries and positions for young adults with disabilities to explore. From marketing and finance to human resources and operations, there are countless opportunities to find a rewarding and fulfilling career path in the world of business. This diversity allows individuals to identify their strengths and passions and pursue roles that align with their interests and abilities.

Seek Out Firms that Interest You

Early in your career, it’s beneficial to seek out and apply to companies that genuinely interest you. This approach allows you to align your career path with your passions and values, leading to a more satisfying work experience. Working for a company you admire can also motivate you to perform at your best, as you’ll be more invested in the company’s mission and success. Moreover, such companies are likely to value and foster the skills and qualities that you’re eager to develop, offering opportunities for growth and advancement. Remember, the early stages of your career are formative; choosing to work for a company that resonates with you can influence your professional development and trajectory in significant ways.

Prepare Your Resume

As you prepare to enter the workforce, creating a compelling and professional resume is crucial. One effective strategy for this is using an online resume tool. These platforms offer various templates, allowing you to choose a design that best suits your industry and personality. You can use this to create it, ensuring that your resume is not only visually appealing but also well-organized and easy to read. These tools guide you in highlighting your skills, experiences, and achievements in a clear, concise manner, making it easier for potential employers to understand your qualifications. Remember, a well-crafted resume can significantly boost your chances of landing an interview.

 


*CPARF is committed highlighting a range of perspectives, and we know that cerebral palsy can impact nearly every aspect of someone’s life. Only you know what’s right for you and your personal situation. These tips may be helpful and apply to you, your family, or someone you care about.

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