Jobs are anything but one size fits all. What might be a dream job for one person might sound like a nightmare to someone else. We all want a career that leaves us feeling fulfilled and successful, and the same is true for individuals with disabilities. But how do you start?
There are many factors that go into finding the right career fit, but for someone living with a disability, the process is even more important to get right. When you factor in the stigmas many people with disabilities face when applying for jobs, the path to employment can seem daunting. The good news is there is help available!
Ohio Valley Goodwill’s vocational services for individuals with disabilities are solely dedicated to helping candidates with disabilities discover what careers best fit their interests, skills, and plans for the future. Through career exploration services, individuals with disabilities are able to learn about and sometimes even try out potential job matches before making the commitment — which takes much of the pressure out of the process! Depending on the job and candidate, there are opportunities for job shadowing, and observing employees at work so they can get a feel for whether the career in question is the right one.
Some individuals with disabilities might wonder if there’s a place in our job market for them. The answer is…yes! In the U.S., more than 19 percent of people with a disability were employed in 2021. That’s a sizeable and important chunk of our workforce, yet there’s still room for improvement. At Ohio Valley Goodwill, we believe everyone who wants to work deserves the opportunity for engaging, meaningful employment.
For those individuals with a disability who are interested in employment, starting the search with Ohio Valley Goodwill can lead to better outcomes. With the right training and career fit, anyone can find fulfillment and happiness through work, fueling personal and vocational success.
If you or someone you know has a disability and wants to find a career path that will lead to long-term success and a feeling of achievement, learn more about Goodwill’s employment services and training programs. You can also contact us with questions on how to get started. Our team is always ready to help!
Every day, Goodwill helps individuals find fulfillment through work, and we rely on donation and shopping support from community members like you to continue our mission. Find your nearest Goodwill retail store in Cincinnati or make a plan to donate gently-used goods in Cincinnati to Goodwill. We make it easy to make a difference!