Getting a job is not easy for anyone, and this is especially true for people in wheelchairs. Let’s take a closer look at what you need to consider when looking for a wheelchair-friendly job.
Wheelchair-friendly job: where to find a job?
When looking for a job, there are certain aspects that need to be considered, such as transportation to and from work, access to the building, and even accessibility to the washroom. All of these needs must be considered before applying for a job. However, these problems do not end on practical issues, almost all motorized wheelchair users will face negative stereotypes of other people.
- You will probably fully capable of doing your job, but when you spend your interview you may face something more difficulties.
- Your future employer might have a different approach between designing your skills.
- Convincing your employer to hire you and give you a try can be a daunting task.
- Faced with all these discriminations, it is sometimes tempting to abandon research and to resign oneself to an assisted living.
This must not be the case, with some effort and determination, it is possible to overcome these problems and to guarantee a job that is right for you.
Interview preparation for wheelchair users
Knowledge is the key to a successful interview, and even more so for someone in a wheelchair. You must, of course, prepare yourself for questions relating to the work for which you are applying, but also to questions concerning your disability. Legally this should not happen. Then think carefully about the questions the employer might ask you if you think you want to answer them and prepare your answers in advance. Do not hesitate to make things clear from the outset, stating that the interview must revolve around the job and not around your disability while recalling that the barriers related to it can be overcome.
Plan your route to the company where you will be working. Be sure you can get in and out of the building at the time you are working, not just the day of the job interview. Try to find out about your future business, and if its organization and buildings are suitable for a wheelchair user. Identify all potential problems in advance so that you can respond if your employer raises concerns.
Which jobs are suitable for wheelchair users?
This is a question that is hard to answer. Almost all jobs could be filled by a wheelchair user if he/she has the necessary qualifications and supports. What is certain is that any job can be done by a person with a physical disability as long as he has the necessary tools. The qualifications and experience are what really matters, not if the employee uses a chair. The things depend on two factor that is
- If you have experience or qualifications in a specific area of a company, it makes sense to start looking for a job in this area before expanding your search.
- If you are looking for a more general position, there are a multitude of possibilities.
Software innovations have created job opportunities in IT, engineering and mechanics. Other areas such as computer programming and network administration are also growing in popularity. Finally, most companies are now adapted. In case, you prefer to work outside of an office environment, there are opportunities in different forms. For example, in creative workshops, on sites for multimedia projects, or in a store, just to name a few. Positions for wheelchairs may require different degrees of mobility, so job opportunities will vary depending on your profile.
Working from home is another option. Many wheelchair users prefer to stay at home in order to be autonomous to offer more flexibility. If you have the necessary skills and knowledge, you can try starting your new job as an external consultant. The choice is yours. If you know a job that’s right for you, then apply it today. While it is necessary to persist, but with good preparation and trust, you will get the job you really want.