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!
- jannsodyLv 72 years agoFavorite Answer
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):
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.
- troLv 72 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
- Mama KimamaLv 72 years ago
Drafting might be a good choice.
- Anonymous2 years ago
I would try and go through organizations that place disabled people. They might have more pull.
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- SumDudeLv 72 years ago
Work on small motors; electric (garage door openers, etc), gasoline (lawn mower size),,,
- Pearl LLv 72 years ago
maybe you should see someone from vocational rehab, they can help you out with all that
- HorsenseLv 72 years ago
Take a look at this list of automotive jobs for disabled persons: