Advancements in technology and the internet have created opportunities far beyond previously geographical restrictions. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic amplified the possibilities and advantages of remote working to such a degree that it has redefined the future of work. Employers can scout for talent beyond their country's borders, and career options for employees with in-demand skills have grown exponentially.
This development especially holds opportunities for employees who, because of a disability, have had to overcome physical restrictions in the workplace.
One of the best advantages of technology is making learning accessible to the masses. Geographical location, level of education, income, or disability can no longer prevent you from learning a new skill. Most universities and training institutions are stepping up and offering competitive e-learning courses designed for the most in-demand skills of the future. Learning a new skill will build confidence and can provide more employment options.
Just because you have a disability, it doesn't mean that you can't be an entrepreneur and start your own business. Don't limit yourself to a particular business idea. One such example is Solihull-based Rob Smith. He started the company Active Hands, specializing in products for people with reduced hand function. A particular advantage of starting your own home-based business is creating your workspace to meet your specific needs and ambitions.
The internet also made it possible for people to join online social and career networks, such as Facebook and LinkedIn. You can open a business page on both platforms, and LinkedIn is excellent for joining professional organizations and advertising special skills.
Technology has dramatically changed traditional employment practices. Gone are the days of filling out laborious job applications and attending in-person interviews. Online recruitment agencies are working collaboratively to source the best talent, and many positions offer working-from-home opportunities, especially those based around London, such as in Surrey.
At present, the most in-demand skills, especially in the Home Counties, are technology-driven, including digital marketers, UX designers, data analysts, and software programmers. Most online job boards advertise permanent and freelance opportunities across several platforms, which helps make the employment search easier. Job seekers can work with a staffing agency that has experience with helping disabled individuals connect with companies that can put their skills to good use.
In the past, many disabled people could not perform specific tasks because of a particular impairment. Assistive technology, such as special-purpose computers, prosthetics, mounting systems, positioning devices, and communication programs make it possible for people with disabilities to become part of the general workforce. One example of assistive technology is the head mouse, which helps people with mobility impairments create designs via CAD. The nature of your specific disability can help companies improve their products and services to make them more accessible for people with disabilities.
Embracing technology can help you create or find the career you have always wanted.
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