In this blog series, I will be brainstorming ideas of how your career path can connect to the disability community. You can find a career where you connect your work to helping real people. You don’t have to be a therapist or doctor to help. Any field can include jobs that add to your purpose. Of course, for some you may have to get a bit creative! I’m going to go through the Center for Career Development’s Career Communities and explore ideas. This is going to be a 3-part blog series, so there’s a lot of career options and different fields. Check out the one for your goals.
This second blog is encompassing the careers associated with:
- Business, Finance, Sales, and Marketing
- Government, Public Administration, and Law
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Let’s start with Business, Finance, Sales, and Marketing:
- Case Manager
- Case managers can work with various populations, such as children and adults with disabilities or patients in a hospital setting, to ensure that their clients receive the best possible care.
- Director of Social Services
- This executive position uses management and organizational skills to implement programs for a target community, which could be individuals with disabilities or other marginalized populations in their community.
- Fundraisers work in organizations and companies to raise donations for specific causes, such as research into specific disabilities and quality of life.
What about Government, Public Administration, and Law?:
- Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
- This counselor’s job is to support disabled people in living independently and support them in getting employment.
- Human Rights Attorney
- You can be an attorney who is dedicated to protecting the public from discrimination, including discrimination due to disability status. These can include Workplace Injury Lawyers.
- Community Organizer
- These workers coordinate social service programs, especially for disabled community members or other marginalized groups.
- Policy Advocate
- These can promote legislation to help individuals in need and work with local leaders to support disability organizations and resources.
- For those who have wanted to be politicians, you can make legislation around disability and work in office.
- Disability Policy Worker
- This one is pretty self-explanatory. They fight for the rights of disabled individuals and outline discrimination policies.
- Department of Children and Families
- DCF workers can help children and disabled family members out of abusive situations.
Finally, Innovation and Entrepreneurship:
These next two jobs are more abstract and are about creating new and innovative technology for disabled people to use. In these positions, you can be creative and be your own boss.
- Product Developer
These are not the only jobs in this area, but it’s a start if you are looking.
Stay tuned for the final part in this blog series where I will be exploring careers in Art, Education and Sports. In case you missed it, here’s part one of the series that focuses on Health and Science.