Are You “Home for the Holidays”? Read These Success Stories of Employees Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

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Take advantage of this season’s respite from school and work, and dare to dive into career exploration. Reflect on your interests, values, and skill sets; recognize there is hardly a “perfect job”, but there are jobs that work with your natural proficiencies and that allow you to polish skills you enjoy polishing.

Next, peruse these 15 jobs and ask yourself if any of your interests, values, and skill sets align. If so, click on the job title to read a success story or interview of an individual who is blind or visually impaired working in the field.

Without further ado:

  1. Musician: Does music move you and you want to move others with your musical abilities? Read this mentor’s experience as a singer, songwriter, and musician.

  2. Patent Attorney: Does vetting inventions and protecting inventors sound fascinating? Read this mentor’s journey that began with inventing and progressed into working as a patent attorney for Google.

  3. Airline Reservations Sales Representative: Do you enjoy conversing with others and helping them coordinate plans? Read how this mentor uses assistive technology to excel in her job with Delta Airlines.

  4. Chef: Do you enjoy cooking and working in a fast-paced environment? Read this mentor’s interview regarding her experience as a visually impaired chef.

  5. Machinist: Have you explored the world of metal work? Read this story to learn how one of APH CareerConnect’s mentors makes it work as an individual who is blind or visually impaired.

  6. Financial Analyst: Read how this mentor succeeds in work and as a United States Paralympian. He scores in the workplace and on the goalball court.

  7. Interior Designer: Are you creative and looking to set homes, offices, and spaces apart from the rest? Read how this mentor designs and shows off the final product.

  8. Audio Engineer or Producer: Are you apt to edit audio pieces? With a lot of organization, talent, and technology skills, this mentor creates the right track.

  9. Middle School Teacher: Are you interested in managing a classroom and shaping young minds? This mentor educates our future in the classroom.

  10. Rehabilitation Research Engineer: Are you interested in statistics and making a difference? This mentor is researching the trends and the studies that will help others.

  11. Legislative Liaison: Do you stay up to date on the latest policies? This mentor stays apprised of the latest policies that impact her agency.

  12. Documentary Filmmaker, Journalist, and Writer: Are you creative, organized, and a skilled writer? This mentor and filmmaker shines a light on important subjects on film and in print.

  13. Nurse: Are you detail oriented and interested in healthcare? This field offers the chance to interact with patients, practice medicine, and make a difference. Nursing is not all measuring an individual’s blood pressure and surgery. Find out more from this piece.

  14. Cancer Genomics Researcher, Biomedical Physicist: Do you excel in the sciences and mathematics? This researcher is mapping the next medical discovery related to cancer. Read how this mentor succeeded in the biomedical field.

  15. Technology Associate: Are you into the latest technology and the programming behind it? This mentor is making a difference in the accessibility of mainstream and assistive products, websites, and the latest apps.

We highlighted 15 of our hundred-plus Our Stories profiles and other pieces about successful mentors and individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Go back and check out the rest of the stories and navigate by our cluster categories to find so many more. Take the time to learn from the path that each mentor traveled to find success and create their own employment story.

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