Achieving the Business Career of your Dreams with a Disability
The business world is thriving. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the number of jobs in business and finance is protected to grow by 8% from 2020 to 2030. When you face challenges in your life, you can better your career outlook by choosing an industry expected to grow. It helps to know how to go about that process.
Go to school online. Maybe your disability hinders you from driving or makes it difficult to attend school in crowded buildings. Or maybe it’s a time issue. You can increase your career prospects by earning a business degree. And you can do so online at your convenience. Earn you associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or even a doctorate online on a schedule that works for you.
Choose a Degree Program. Select your degree program carefully. Think about career goals that make sense for you. Some examples include business administration, marketing, operations, accounting and economics.
Choose a University. Be up front with your counselor and let them know what types of accommodations you may need. Ask if they can help.
Getting Financial Aid. Fill out your free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) to determine if you’re eligible. Look to other organizations that work with disabled individuals for grants and other financial assistance to get a degree.
Land a Great Internship. An internship can change the direction of your career. Search for one where you will stand out and have the possibility for employment in the future. Ask professors and counselors for internship options. Search career boards like ZipRecruiter.
As you apply for jobs, remember that you aren’t your disability. Leverage your strengths and sell yourself. Set up a LinkedIn profile. Create a solid reference list. And don’t hesitate to ask the company if they can make accommodations for you.