Exploring employment options and making career decisions are important as you plan your future.
Knowing your options allows you to make rational and informed decisions. The keys are:
Flexibility and creativity to adapt how you do your job.
Willingness to seek accommodations.
Interest in changing the type of work you do, if necessary.
Openness to additional training or education.
No one is saying that these decisions are easy. Work defines our self-image, our role in the community, and how others view us. When asked about ourselves, we often say, “I am a carpenter, teacher, accountant, etc.”
The decision is yours and yours alone — you know yourself and your situation better than anyone else. Be clear with yourself about your options and take the best path for you. Be informed about your ADA rights and workplace accommodations, deciding to work or not, employment strategies, symptom management on the job, and information to share with your employer.
Resources for career changers
Making a career change can be complex and time consuming. However it can lead to finding rewarding work. For most people there is more than one career alternative.
Choices and priorities must be based on an assessment of skills, interests, values, strengths, and opportunities.
Self assessments can help. The following sites offer a collection of self assessments to help you identify your interests, discover your personality, determine your personal and work values, and identify your transferable skills.
To read more about various employment issues including your rights under the ADA, deciding to work or not, and employment strategies, visit our employment page.