The modern business world is more accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities than it ever was. It’s not just good company policy to hire people with disabilities nowadays, it’s becoming the law in many countries around the world. Regulatory bodies are constantly pushing for more diversity in the workplace, and that means giving people with disabilities a chance at finding their dream job and building a thriving career.
No matter the disability, chances are that you can find a job in a field you’re passionate about and advance your career to new heights. That said, it’s important to know that you are not alone in this. Your NDIS provider will play a crucial role in preparing you for a successful journey, from applying to various positions, through the interview process, and all the way to ongoing support you need to thrive at work.
Here are the ways the NDIS can support your employment goals.
Overcoming the complex barriers to employment
Navigating the competitive job market can be a daunting task, but it’s not just about standing out as a jobseeker, it’s about finding the right employers, and employment opportunities that enable and facilitate personal and professional growth. Likewise, some companies might not even be equipped with the processes and accessibility features to make your time at work comfortable and productive, let alone safe.
From the company’s culture to their level of preparedness for people with disabilities, all the way to their internal processes and workflows, you need to have all this information on hand. To that end, your NDIS provider should be able to help you with:
- Identifying the industries and markets you want to work in.
- Finding suitable employers.
- Assessing the company culture and the employee collective.
- Finding employers with the right growth and advancement plans for people living with a disability.
- Supporting you on your journey and tending to your needs.
When you’re looking to land a job as someone living with a disability, you have to take one very important thing into consideration – you’re probably not qualified to assess whether or not the workplace meets your standards and requirements. Yes, you know very well what your needs are, and there’s nobody that understands your disability as well as you do, but you still need a professional to decide whether or not a specific company is the ideal work environment for you.
The trained and certified professionals at your NDIS provider possess all the knowledge necessary to scrutinize a workplace from top to bottom, and instruct you to apply or keep searching for a better opportunity to take your career forward. On the other hand, your NDIS provider can coordinate with the potential employer to provide them with all the information they need to optimize the workplace to your needs.
Counselling to successfully engage in employment
There are many services that your NDIS provider can offer that can elevate your chances of employment and help you thrive at work. Counselling is one of the foundational services offered by NDIS providers around the world, and it’s an essential service that can help prepare you for a life of employment and a collaborative environment. This is a key process that gives Australia’s job seekers the ability to find employment with ease.
In the Land Down Under, reputable NDIS providers like the Bridges Alliance provide their clients with the counselling, coordination, and plan management they need to establish financial independence and build a successful career. These are all interconnected processes that your own NDIS provider should help you understand through proper counselling and guidance that will allow you to successfully engage in employment.
Assistance with writing a resume
Writing a resume that will capture the attention of the employers and the recruiting agents can be an exhaustive process. There are many secrets to the perfect resume, and sometimes you need professional guidance and support to create a CV that will help you land the job.
Without a doubt, optimizing your resume for every employer can help you further your career considerably, and you should ask your NDIS provider to assist you in this process. With their help, you will be able to outline your strengths and unique requirements, and align your resume with the company’s values and goals.
Support before and during a job interview
Last but not least, preparing for the interview process itself is a difficult task that requires careful planning. If you’re living with a disability, you shouldn’t have to prepare for your interviews alone, nor should you have to attend those interviews without your NDIS support agent present.
These specialists can help prepare you for the interview several days or even weeks in advance so that you’re ready to dazzle the recruiters. During the interview itself, they will be present to assist you in any way they can through professional guidance and support.
Over to you
Living with a disability should not stop you from pursuing your career goals. Be sure to leverage the talent, expertise, and resources of your NDIS provider to make 2021 the turning point in your professional life, and build a thriving career doing the things you love.