Updated: Feb 2
Young adults who are looking to continue their education might feel hesitation on what sort of field to get into. Perhaps they feel having a disability limits their options, or maybe they want to pursue an education that is flexible and could be used in more than one type of setting. Whatever course you choose, you’ll be an asset to any employer lucky enough to hire you. Getting a business education can provide the tools necessary to work for yourself or others in a variety of different situations.
Understanding the Most Lucrative Degrees
When it comes to focusing on degrees within the business field, management and areas that focus on accounting, finance, and marketing can be applied to nearly any type of position you might want to pursue.
Maybe you already have an undergraduate education, but you'd like to head back to school and build upon your current skills. One way to do that is with an online MBA. With this option, you can continue working while going to school and focus on areas such as accounting, marketing, economics, and research and statistics, all of which are growing areas that need workers. When you earn an MBA, you open the door to other potential fields such as general manager, business manager, and operations director within a company.
Getting an Internship That Can Change Your Life
While you are still in school or shortly after you graduate, you likely want to secure a position that enables you to get into your field. The best way to do this is through an internship, but how do you go about obtaining one? Often, it's about who you know, and, as Firsthand points out, experts agree that networking is one of the most useful ways to get your foot in the door.
Make a point to talk with people you know, attend networking events that are local, regional, or both, and try to talk with others in your industry. CareerAddict notes that the more people you know and can speak to, the better your chances are of being introduced to someone who can offer you an internship or pull your application and take a closer look at you. Even if you think you’re too young or inexperienced to go after an internship, remember that the best companies have multi-generational staffing strategies where they prioritize finding talented individuals regardless of age.
Once you land the internship of your dreams, it becomes easier to widen your network, prove your abilities, and meet even more people to advance your career.
The Best Ways to Land an Entry-Level Job
When seeking your first entry-level job as a young adult with disabilities, you can seek out careers that are remote. This is common, and there are resources such as Ticket-to-Work that can help with that.
Use any networking connections gained through school or elsewhere to learn more about positions that are available. It's helpful to review your resume and find keywords that are associated with your desired position. Make sure you tailor your resume to include those keywords.
Learning who is in charge of hiring at the company of your choice through a network such as LinkedIn and then tailoring your cover letter to address them can help get you noticed. For many individuals, it is often a variety of different methods and persistence until they can get their foot in the door.
Finally, know that your learning journey is never truly done. If you’re passionate about HR, for example, getting Professional Certifications can boost your career prospects, such as an Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR), Professional in Human Resources (PHR), and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Similarly, enrolling in e-learning courses, like Change Management or Public Speaking, will make you a more desirable candidate who outshines the competition.
Having a disability, whether visible or invisible, should not stop you from pursuing your education or a career you are passionate about. Knowing how to present yourself and the best ways to get your foot in the door can work wonders, regardless of what you believe is holding you back.
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