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.