Entering the world of business can lead to a rewarding career. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the average person in business or finance earns an average of $72,250 per year. As a person with a disability, though, you may question if this is possible for you.
Fortunately, a business career is definitely an option, especially when you understand the ins and outs of the business world. – thanks to these tips and resources from Inbizability owner, Derek Goodman
While you can achieve a business career without a degree, it’s more difficult. Ideally, business owners and hiring managers are looking for someone with at least a bachelor’s degree in a business-related specialty.
As you choose your major, consider what you excel at and what you want to do. Are you looking to run your own business, or would you like to handle the financial end of a business for someone else? Maybe you have a knack for marketing and would like to hone your skills.
Keep in mind that you want a career that will work well with your disability. For instance, a business administration career may let you run the show but won’t require physical labor.
Consider an Online Degree Program
While your disability may pose some issues when it comes to going to school, you can bypass some of the stress by earning your degree online. You’ll have an opportunity to choose from a variety of areas of interest, including business administration, accounting, finance, and marketing.
Many online programs allow you to work at your own pace. So if you can’t work on your degree for hours at a time, you can study when you’re mentally and physically capable of it and take breaks as necessary.
Finding a School
Once you know what you want to attend school for, find a school that offers a degree program in your area of interest.
Make sure the school has the proper accreditation since prospective employers will verify your degree and if the school you went to was accredited.
When comparing schools, ask how their programs are set up. For instance, inquire if you can work at your own pace or if you have a set schedule. If there’s a schedule, decide if it can work for you. If it can’t, ask if any adjustments can be made.
Let your counselor know if you need any type of other accommodations, such as untimed tests, and ask if they can oblige.
Affording an Education
Fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and see how much you qualify for in terms of subsidized loans—loans that don’t accrue interest while you’re in school. Discuss with a financial adviser any programs they have for people with disabilities.
Additionally, you should look into any programs offered, especially those for the disabled. Certain programs and groups offer grants and other financial assistance for people with disabilities.
First and foremost, create a stellar resume that highlights all your attributes. Let prospective employers know what they could miss out on if they don’t hire you. Make sure you come with a pleasant disposition so you outshine your disability.
There are plenty of business opportunities out there for everyone – including individuals with a disability. All it takes is some planning and dedication, as well as drawing on the strength you already have.
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