Finding the right job for you can be a daunting task. What do you want to do? What are your skills? What do you enjoy? This task can be even harder if you are an individual with a disability.
According to the ABS in 2012, nearly half (47.3%) of all working-age people with disability were not in the labour force, that is they were neither employed or actively looking for work. The ABS also states that their participation rate beaked between 25-34 years old. This means that young school leavers or middle-aged and older workers were, for a number of different reasons, not largely participating in the work force.
Entering the workforce can be an extremely rewarding and fun experience. It will offer you financial freedom, structure and a chance for social interaction. A job can also give you a sense of identity and belonging within the community, as you can see your work and contributing to a bigger picture.
So I am here to tell you that there are jobs out there for people with disabilities of all ages. While entering the work place might be a scary thought whether you worry about facing discrimination, not being able to keep up or have insecurities about re-entering the work force after a long period off, there are services out there to help you.
As an individual with a disability you have a number of options to help you with employment. There are many open employment services that can help you find your place in many different fields of employment. There are also social enterprises which can offer you a supportive work environment and can provide work that caters to the special needs that you might have or facing any barrier to employment.
At Hoxton we offer this supportive environment for anyone facing barriers to mainstream employment. Providing jobs with different levels of difficulties that cater to all different skills. We offer a fun, respectful and inclusive workplace where you can see your skills grow. Hoxton also offers many chances for friendships to grow with social outings and an integrated workforce, so you can interact with people of many backgrounds and barriers to employment.
Author; Arielle Jones, supporting you in your employment journey