Living with a disability, you might be used to people telling you that you can’t do this or you can’t do that. Maybe you’ve heard all about the myths of how people with disabilities can be risky hires in the workplace, and that’s discouraged you from pursuing your dream job.
Well, I’m here to tell you that there is no shortage of options when it comes to creating a successful career for yourself. Business is one of the most promising career paths for young adults with disabilities.
Here some practical information on how you can begin a career in business and navigate challenges along the way:
Choosing a Degree
The business world is brimming with opportunity, and as a young adult, there isn’t a better time to dive in. One of your first steps to starting a career in business will be to determine what industry or field appeals to you most. There are many different paths to choose from that can lead to fulfilling, lucrative jobs. Some of the most in-demand business fields include sales, finance, human resources, technology, and consulting (more on that later). And of course, entrepreneurship is always an option.
Take time to evaluate your passions, interests, and talents as you determine what type of degree to pursue. For instance, by getting an online IT degree, you could expand your knowledge of information technology, cybersecurity, and/or data analytics. A degree in accounting or business, among other fields, could also help you lay a solid foundation for a promising future.
Getting Your Foot in the Door
It’s never too early to start making connections and finding ways to learn in the field. While you’re still in school, begin networking relentlessly. Build relationships with your classmates, teachers, and individuals in the community who work in your desired industry. Look for industry conferences and meetings that you can attend, and start applying for internships as soon as possible — this is the best way to hone your skills and determine whether or not you really like your chosen field.
Consequently, internships can also be a great way to get your foot through the door for your first job. A lot of companies turn to their interns for filling positions before they look externally. If you get such an opportunity, don’t take it for granted; do your best work every day, and thoroughly prepare for your interviews.
Starting a Business
Many people with disabilities find success in starting their own businesses. When it comes to entrepreneurship, the sky's the limit. No matter where you live, there’s a niche missing and you can fill it. Figure out what people in your area need and want, and then determine how to blend in your passion with those services, whether it’s opening a specialty coffee shop, a women’s boutique, a vegetarian restaurant, or any other type of establishment.
Perhaps one of the most promising career paths for an entrepreneur who has a disability is starting a consulting business. In its most basic sense, consulting involves helping businesses and professionals navigate challenges and make decisions. There are many business fields in which consulting is in high demand, including business management, finance, human resources, technology, and marketing.
If you live with a disability, consider building a career in business. Pursue a degree in something you’re passionate about, and work hard to network and get internships so that you can get your foot through the door. Finally, think about starting your own business by offering the people in your area something they need and want. Would you like to read more informative and inspiring content about living with disabilities? Visit disabilityawareness.us today!