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How to Progress in Your Career

As a worker with a spinal cord injury, you may have gaps in your employment history or you may be entering the workforce for the first time. This does not mean you can’t land your dream job. However, landing your dream job takes time. To progress in your professional life, you must consider the process of career development. Most workers start with an initial job and work their way up to their dream career through time, while they gain the necessary work experience. 

To progress in your career, you must first find an initial job, then seek further experience before finally landing your dream job. 

Find an Initial Job

While entering the workforce, you must consider what skills you have and what career you eventually want. Your dream job should reflect your talents and the tasks you enjoy completing. Once you identify your ideal career, you should first pursue an initial job that will develop your skills needed for the career you wish to pursue. For example, if you would like to be an assistant manager at a retail store, you should start by seeking a career as a customer service employee or cashier. These jobs would give you the retail skills and experience needed to eventually move up to a higher position.

Finding an initial job does not mean you should apply for any open position. You should only apply for positions that will give you the skills and experience necessary to progress in your career. Finding an initial job is not only beneficial for gaining experience; an initial job can serve as a trial run where you can figure out if the field you are working in is right for you.

Seek Further Experience

After holding your initial job for a period of time, you should decide if you would like to progress in your career. If you would like to progress in your career and hold a higher position someday, you should seek further professional experience by applying for higher positions or expressing your interest in a promotion. By holding your initial job for some time, you can gain the experience and skills needed to be qualified for a higher position. 

For example, after holding a cashier or customer service job in a retail store, you can seek out the position of Shift Manager or Supervisor. These positions will bring you closer to your ideal job of Assistant Manager, as you gain more skills necessary to be qualified for your ideal position. You would also have the chance to work closely with the Assistant Manager while holding these higher positions, which means you can learn more about your ideal job and see if it is the right fit for you.

Land Your Dream Job

Your further experience in a higher role can help you become qualified for your dream job. However, depending on what your ideal position is, you may have to pursue several different further professional experiences before you land your dream job. Often, getting a management position or any other higher job openings requires several years of experience in other, similar jobs. Don’t be discouraged if you do not get an offer for your dream job when you first apply; make sure to pursue all relevant professional experiences possible, such as promotions within your workplace, until you land your dream job. As you gain further professional experience, remember to add your new work experiences and skills to your resume. 

Landing your dream career can be difficult, especially while living with a spinal cord injury. However, an absence of professional experience or gaps in employment history do not disqualify you from eventually getting your dream job. Everyone has skills that are relevant to certain positions. As you seek your dream job, keep in mind your skills and your passions. Finding an initial job and seeking further professional experience can help you land your ideal career. If you have questions on how to progress in your career as a worker with a spinal cord injury, contact us today.


Finding a Job While Living with a Mental Health Condition

Finding a job can be overwhelming, especially when you are living with a mental health condition. Often, people with mental health conditions who are searching for a job worry about disclosing their condition during the hiring process, or requesting accommodations, or dealing with the emotional repercussions of not receiving a job offer. For some people, symptoms of mental health conditions may even worsen during a difficult job searching process. But don’t give up! There are many strategies you can utilize during the hiring process to alleviate stress and protect your mental health.

There are three main things to keep in mind while looking for a job while living with a mental health condition. Read to discover these things below.

Search For a Job You Enjoy

A key step in starting the job search process is understanding the benefits of finding the right job. Finding a job you enjoy can have positive effects on your mental health, as you will have the opportunity to use your skills, gain financial independence, and boost your confidence. The right job can also give you a sense of fulfillment and an environment to have meaningful interactions with others. Overall, employment can play a key role in recovery while living with a mental health condition.

Now that you know the benefits of finding the right job, you can start searching for a job you enjoy. While applying to jobs, try to find positions that play to your strengths and skills. Using your talents while working can bring you a sense of satisfaction. Keep in mind your ideal work environment. Do you prefer to work in teams, or independently? Apply for positions that have the type of work environment you are looking for.

Disclose Only When You’re Comfortable Doing So

Disclosing a mental health condition on a job application or during an interview is voluntary. If you feel uncomfortable telling an employer about your condition, you do not have to. Do not feel guilty for not disclosing your condition, because under the law, you are not obliged to do so. Many people with mental health conditions have jobs where their employers do not know about their condition.

If you feel that disclosing your mental health condition during the hiring process is necessary, you can absolutely do so. When disclosing a mental health condition to an employer, remember to be honest, direct, and only share relevant information that pertains to the job you hold and how your condition may affect your work. 

Don’t Give Up

Searching for a job is often stressful. The waiting period can be overwhelming, applications may seem daunting, and not receiving a job offer can be emotionally draining. Don’t give up! Take one step at a time, and remember that finding the right job can take longer than expected. Do not be afraid to take a break from the process. If you feel emotionally drained or overwhelmed at any time, take a day to practice self-care or seek support from others. Lastly, keep in mind that receiving a rejection is not the end of the world. There are plenty of jobs out there that would be a great fit for you. If you do not receive a job offer, identify what you liked about that position and apply to more jobs with similar traits. 

By searching for a job you enjoy, disclosing your condition only when you are comfortable doing so, and not giving up, you can protect your mental health during your job search. If you have questions or need assistance during the process of finding a job while living with a mental health condition, contact us today.