Better in Business: Starting a Career as a Differently Abled Individual
It can be challenging to discern which career suits you best as a differently-abled person when there are so many unique factors at play. But few professions are as likely to earn you a high salary and the opportunity to be your own boss as a career in business. With the right qualifications and a steadfast approach to job searching, it's possible to secure an internship or an entry-level position and launch yourself into the working world.
Choosing the Right Degree
There are many different types of business degrees available at institutes of learning, but not all of them will lead to the same level of success. Here are a few to consider:
- Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA): This degree will give you a broad overview of business concepts and prepare you for a management role.
- Bachelor of Commerce (BCom): A BCom is more specialized, focusing on accounting, finance, or marketing. If you have a particular interest in one of these areas, this could be a great fit for you.
- Master of Business Administration (MBA): An MBA is the most advanced business degree and will open up the most doors in terms of career opportunities. However, it is also the most expensive and time-consuming degree to obtain.
Securing an Internship
There are several ways to find internships, including reaching out to your network of family and friends. Someone you know may have a contact at a company where you can gain valuable experience. You can also search for internships online - be sure to check reputable job boards and websites for exclusive disability-focused opportunities.
As a differently abled individual, you may be entitled to certain accommodations during your internship. For example, you may be able to request a flexible work schedule or a modified workspace. Be sure to discuss your needs with your potential employer in advance to ensure that they can accommodate your needs.
Landing an Entry-level Job
With a prestigious qualification and some experience to back you up, your resume will be sure to stand out to potential employers. Here are tips that will land you your first job offer:
Create a Professional Resume
Recruiters don't want to scour through pages of irrelevant information to find your qualifications, so make sure your resume is clear and concise. If necessary, you can make use of a free online resume builder to help you get started.
LinkedIn is a great way to connect with potential employers and make your resume more visible. Make sure to include a professional photo, complete your profile, and keep your posts specific and positive. Be sure to respond to inquiries right away to avoid missing out on lucrative opportunities.
Attend industry events, connect with people in your field on social media, and reach out to family and friends. The more people you know, the more likely you will hear about job openings. Don't be afraid to be upfront about your skills and experience.
Use a Recruitment Agency
A recruitment agency can help you find jobs that are a good match for your skills and experience. They will also be able to provide you with advice on your job search and let you know of any ways to pad your resume so that you stand out to potential employers.
Prepare For Your Interview
An interview is a chance to sell yourself, so make sure you are prepared to answer questions about your qualifications and experience. Practice makes perfect, so it would be worthwhile to try a few mock interviews with friends and family members.
Choosing the right job can be daunting, as the wrong choice wastes precious time and money. But, with a little introspection and research into the opportunities that are available in business, you could be well on your way to a fulfilling and lucrative career.
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