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There are many roads that can lead to finding and securing a job. For people with intellectual disability, these roads can often be long and winding, but with the help of Disability Employment Services, and our top tips, it can be a little easier.

Just like people, jobs come in all shapes and sizes, and there is no set pathway to finding the one that’s right for you. When you’re looking for a new job remember to be open to all opportunities. Start thinking outside the box, and you might be surprised by what comes up.

What do you like?

First, really consider what you’re passionate about. There’s a popular belief that if you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. So, what does that look like for you? Ask yourself:

  • What do I like doing in my spare time? Could I somehow get paid to do that?
  • What sort of environment do I like to be in?
  • What would I like to learn more about?

What skills do you have?

Next, think about your existing skills. Even if you have never worked, you will still have developed a range of skills throughout your life that you can take to a workplace, including:

  • being really organised
  • keeping your house clean
  • being good at talking to people
  • being a good listener
  • gardening
  • cooking.

Do some work experience

Ok, you’ve decided what you’d like to do for work, but you don’t have any paid previous experience. Try volunteering or doing unpaid work experience for a while. Work experience is a great predictor of employment for people with an intellectual disability.

Volunteering and work experience helps to:

  • build skills
  • learn about the world of work
  • gain confidence
  • enables families and supporters to see what is possible for the person
  • allows you, your family, and supporters to see what you to integrate into open employment, such as technological, physical, or social supports
  • introduce potential employers to working with a person with an intellectual disability.

Get support

Don’t forget, you’re not alone! You can work with a career support counsellor or disability employment services to help you:

  • find jobs or industries you might be interested in
  • write your resume and job application
  • practice for interviews
  • access training to advance your skills and build confidence
  • maintain work once you’ve found it.

Disability Employment Service providers like HELP work with companies that are committed to employing people like you who have an intellectual disability. These businesses understand the importance of being inclusive in their employment practices, and the value that people with disability bring to the workplace.

Many people with disability have found meaningful employment with the support of HELP, including Sam, Kenneth, Gideon, and more. WATCH the video below to see their stories.

If you or someone you care for has an intellectual disability, and would like support finding work, contact HELP today.

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