Moving from tertiary study to employment requires careful planning and consideration to ensure you are ready and have the correct supports in place to make a smooth transition.
When considering any impact of your disability on future employment, make a start by thinking and learning about:
- How, when and what to disclose about your disability to future employers
- Whether you may need any workplace adjustments to meet the inherent requirements of any prospective jobs and if so, what types of adjustments
- Are you planning to work in your local area or will you need to relocate?
- If you are planning to relocate you may need to consider finding new support services, e.g. medical supports, social/community supports and employment support
- If you are linked in with an employment agency what supports are eligible for
- What services or programs may be available to assist you to move to employment?
- What strategies you will use to negotiate any required workplace adjustments
Get an early start! Don’t leave making plans on how you will secure employment until after graduation or even your last semester. By your final year, you should have already started your preparations and these may include:
- Connect with the career advisor or support services at your place of study
- Working part time or casually
- Taking part in courses that offer practical work experience such as an internships or placements e.g. the “stepping into” internship program runs for 4 weeks during the winter and summer breaks and is specifically for students with disability at university
- Volunteering in an area of work you’re interested in
- Participation in in social networking sites such as Linkedln or Facebook can assist with finding employment, connect you with professionals and other students, provide recommendations and much more
Source: ADCET (opens in a new window)