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Anyone have some career Ideas for me?

I’m 24, paralyzed from the waist down and am honestly having the worst luck when it comes to figuring out what I want to do with my life career wise. I’m a very mechanically inclined person. I really don’t think I could ever be happy with a desk job I need to work with my hands. I’ve always loved to work on anything with a motor! My main problem is most places I go in for an interview and they see a guy in a wheelchair applying for a welding job and it’s almost as if they don’t take me seriously. I’ve come to terms with the fact that most jobs like that would be too hard on my back but if anyone has any sort of job ideas I would greatly appreciate them! Thanks!

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  • 2 years ago
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    I agree with the other respondent who'd suggested contacting the local "County" Vocational Rehabilitation Center. A vocational rehab counselor may help the person who is seeking their services to narrow down some career paths that may be suitable for him or her. It might take a couple of months to get an appointment with vocational rehab, though, as a lot of individuals are looking for assistance. Perhaps they can help with job modifications, for instance, too (if appropriate and/or safe for the job).

    This government site has more general career info:

    https://www.bls.gov/ooh/ and can type into search for whichever careers that piques one's interest.

    Bless you for all of which you're managing! This website has more general info re: (regarding) the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 for individuals with disabilities in the workplace (though, *not* in place of speaking with a licensed attorney):

    https://www.eeoc.gov/facts/ada18.html

    Someone else made a great point about some organizations or businesses that may employ more workers with disabilities than other employers.

    The Career One Stop website is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. They have more information for various individuals looking for work (and/or a new job path), including people with disabilities:

    https://www.careeronestop.org/ and can click "workers with disabilities" or such.

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  • tro
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    2 years ago

    welding jobs required that you be able to move around, you could possibly be in some very confined spots

    you need to find a mechanical job that you work at some kind of table or bench and everything you need is close at hand

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  • 2 years ago

    Drafting might be a good choice.

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  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    I would try and go through organizations that place disabled people. They might have more pull.

    • Blake2 years agoReport

      I’ve tried that lol

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  • 2 years ago

    Work on small motors; electric (garage door openers, etc), gasoline (lawn mower size),,,

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  • 2 years ago

    maybe you should see someone from vocational rehab, they can help you out with all that

    • Blake2 years agoReport

      They didn’t do me any good either lol thanks though

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  • 2 years ago

    Take a look at this list of automotive jobs for disabled persons:

    https://www.disabledperson.com/jobs/categories/aut...

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