As millennials, we’re used to tech making our lives more convenient. So why not start using tech to realise your career ambitions? Especially for those looking to build careers while living with a disability, tech can be a powerful tool in for pursuing an education, while acquiring the skill, and confidence needed to build a fulfilling career. Tech can even help you start your own business.
Tech Can Empower You to Work for Yourself
Always dreamed of being your own boss? Freelancing may be the right career choice for you. When you work as a freelancer, you have control over your schedule and workload, which can be very beneficial because living life with a disability, and making the most out of our respective careers, requires more flexibility.
So what kind of work can you do as a freelance professional? With a quick online search, you will discover that there are plenty of ways to earn an income and build your own business as a freelancer. Offering BIM services (or building information modeling) is a very interesting option and can be a perfect choice if you have an interest in tech and engineering. Other highly sought-after freelance skills include web design, content creation, and SEO optimization, and you can do every single one of these from home.
Tech Can Also Help You Get an Education
So maybe freelancing isn’t for you. Or maybe, you need to sharpen your skills in order to become a freelancer or achieve other professional goals. If so, you should know that tech can make going back to school so much easier since you won’t have to deal with the challenges of attending in-person classes. You’ll just need to pick an accredited online program to get started.
Tech Can Prepare You for Interviews
If this will be your first time interviewing for jobs, you should know that preparation is key. Walking into an interview ill-prepared could leave you walking away without an offer. There are several tech tools that you can use to prepare for interviews, so take the time to find ones that will help you out the most.
Tech Is Essential for Knowing Your Rights
You should know your rights and feel comfortable asking for accommodations during interviews. Reach out to potential employers well ahead of your scheduled interview and request these accommodations so that you can avoid catching them off guard and creating an uncomfortable situation. Also, remember that, nobody has to discuss their disability over the course of their careers if they don’t want to.
Tech in Your Home Office
Whether you work for yourself or someone else, you may prefer to work out of your home. You just need to make sure your home office is set up for comfort and, most importantly, productivity. Creating an accessible home office is actually easier when you have the right tech tools, such as adjustable desks and assistive equipment and software.
Hopefully, by now, you are fully aware of all of the ways you can use tech to enhance your career and reach your professional goals. Tech can help you build your confidence and boost your skills, but tech tools can also save you a lot of time and stress. So if you are living with a disability, be sure to put tech to work as you pursue your dreams and passions.
THis article was written by Essential Millennial guest contributor, Patrick Young.