Updated: May 9
If you’re a young adult with disabilities and are looking to start a career, there are many great opportunities to fit your interests. Some of the best careers for disabled young adults are in the business industry. A business career can earn you an excellent salary and offers a lot of flexibility depending on what area you would like to focus. With a bit of research, you can learn which degrees are the most lucrative, how to land a perfect internship, and what job to start with.
Check out these tips from the Black Market Creatives Showcase to get started.
Getting an Education
Earning the right degree opens a lot of doors and paves the way for a successful career. Best of all, online degree programs make it easier for persons with a disability to achieve a college education on their own terms. You can also find a program in just about any field.
For example, an undergraduate degree in computer science can eventually lead to a career that earns around $107,510 per year and even more if you pursue a master’s degree. With a computer science degree, you can become proficient in logic, AI, computer theory, architecture and systems, and data structures, among other subjects.
A marketing degree provides you with many career options too, some of which earn about $145,000-$201,000 per year. Your studies generally include communication, consumer data, consumer behavior, advertising, and research when earning this degree.
With a financial degree, you can earn a base salary of around $71,000 per year, with a lot of room for growth. Your classes will center around financial planning, budgeting, problem-solving, and investing. These are skills that everyone can use, making them ideal for a consulting business.
After earning an education, the next step to a great career is finding a good internship. In fact, some studies have shown that participating in an internship is one of the best indicators of workplace success in the future. You can also pursue great internships while still in college. Then, when you graduate, you will be set up for landing the perfect job.
The American Association of People with Disabilities also offers internship opportunities for those with disabilities in Washington, D.C. These paid internships provide mentors, accessible housing, and a living stipend. In addition, you can learn more about disability rights and how to organize in your own area.
Finding Your First Job
Earning a first-rate entry-level job is the next step in starting your business career. Online job search tools allow you to find tons of opportunities from your computer, saving you time and letting you weed out those that aren’t a match. Some of the best and most widely available jobs include roles like software engineer, accountant, and market research analyst.
With remote work now the norm, many companies operate entirely virtually, so you may not even have to worry about commuting to an office unless you want to.
The rise of customizable careers and online education means far more work opportunities for those with disabilities. With the proper research and a dedicated attitude, you can thrive in a business career and set yourself up for the professional success you deserve.
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