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Business Is a Great Career Path for People With Disabilities
In today’s world, where technology is advancing at an exponential pace, physical abilities are not a prerequisite to a successful career. Business careers are flexible and can be done from any location and offer a way for people with limiting abilities to start working and earning money right away.
Businesses are more aware of the needs of people with disabilities than ever before, and many companies have made significant progress in making their workplaces more accessible.
The first thing to know is that there are many different disability considerations. The most common ones are learning, which can range from dyslexia to autism, physical, such as blindness or cerebral palsy, mental, such as depression or bipolar disorder, and intellectual, which can range from Down Syndrome to autism.
Regardless of the type of disability someone has, they have the same rights and opportunities in life. That includes being able to find a career that is fulfilling for them and that pays a good wage.
Business Career Options
The types of careers that people with disabilities can pursue in the world of business are endless.
Accounting: Accountants are responsible for tracking and monitoring the financial transactions of a business. They also help in preparing tax returns and other financial reports. A career in accounting is a lucrative one, with a median salary of $65,000 per year. It’s also a profession that doesn't require any formal education or qualifications. Accountants can work in various fields like banking and finance, healthcare, and education.
Sales: Sales professionals are the lifeblood of any company, and their job is to create opportunities for the company to make money. A sales professional will do anything from cold calling, negotiating deals, and closing sales. They are responsible for building a relationship with a customer and convincing them that they need to buy a product or service. Sales professionals can work in many different industries, including retail, manufacturing, and healthcare.
Business Marketing: A business marketer is responsible for creating and implementing marketing strategies, campaigns, and plans for a company. They are in charge of the company's branding and advertising, as well as public relations.
The job requires a lot of creativity and strong communication skills to understand the needs of the target audience. Along with these skills, they also need to have knowledge about various aspects of marketing, such as sales, finance, economics, research methods, or statistics.
Entrepreneurship: Becoming an entrepreneur is a great way to make money and also have a fulfilling career. Young people with disabilities are often encouraged to explore entrepreneurship as a possible career path because it will help them find their own strengths and passions. People with disabilities are innate problem solvers, which makes them perfectly suited to managing their own businesses.
A lot of entrepreneurs with disabilities are able to create their own jobs and find ways that suit them best. It’s not about being good at everything but about being good at something specific.
Online courses offer the same experience as in-person classes but without the need to leave home, making them a great option for students with disabilities.
Although, more and more campuses are using design and accessibility protocols to make it easier for students of various abilities to attend comfortably and successfully. From cognitive to physical disabilities, being understood and represented matters and is important for students with disabilities. Legislation exists with regard to people with disabilities to make institutions more accessible, so if an on-campus experience is something you want to pursue, look for ones that will meet your needs the best.
Internships are a great way to get your foot in the door of the business world. They can help you build your resume, make connections, and learn more about what you want to do. They provide experience and knowledge that you can't get from just reading books. They also provide opportunities to network with professionals and learn from them.
You can find internships by doing online searches, talking to your school’s career counselor, or networking through your social media sites. One of the best places to look for either your first job or an internship is LinkedIn. When using LinkedIn, follow some essential rules to be successful, like using a professional photo, not exaggerating your experience or education, and keeping your status posts positive.
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