Finding a job or selecting a career path can be a difficult challenge, but job seekers who are blind or visually impaired should not be discouraged. Anyone who is willing to work hard, find available opportunities, and make connections will achieve success. Although it may seem impossible at the time, it is important to remember that there are many other people just like you that have found career success.
Internships are an excellent way to gain work experience and make connections. They allow students to gain hands-on experience by working with professionals and provide students a chance to determine which line of work is best for them. As a first time job seeker, having one or two internships on your resume will increase your chances of getting the job. Internships are also great for making connections with potential mentors or potential employers. Employers often view interns as prospective employees. If you do a good job during your internship, it might lead to a full-time position after you graduate.
Mentors are essential to the employment process. Someone somewhere probably has the type of job that you want to have some day. With years of experience, mentors are the best source of information if you are curious about how someone who is blind or visually impaired does their job. By asking questions or addressing any concerns you may have, mentors will help prepare you for your future career.
Once you have picked a career, it is important to apply for the position or positions that interest you. More often than not the first job you are hired for is not your dream job, but having this additional job experience will increase your chances of achieving your career goals. As long as you do your best in your current position, the rest will come with more experience.
By following these recommendations, you can be on your way to gainful employment. Need proof? Check out how AFB’s National Technology Associate, Aaron Preece, followed these suggestions and landed a once in a lifetime job opportunity.
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