Launch Your Career with a Disability
This guest blog has been provided by Marissa Perez of businesspop.net. Thank you Marissa for your insight.
If you’re looking for ways to advance your programming career, consider shifting your sights towards business. Many developers move towards a business analyst role when they’re ready to take on more responsibilities. Business analysts play a key role in improving business processes through data analysis, bridging the gap between IT and business. And if you have a disability, working in business is just as accessible as working as a developer. Business analysts often work remotely, enjoying a great deal of flexibility regarding when and how they work.
Are you ready to launch your new career in business? If so, Justin T. Farrell is here to present some of the steps you will need to take to make it happen!
Pursue an Education
While you don’t need programming experience to work in a business setting, coding skills will go a long way towards preparing you for a role as a business analyst. Thankfully, there are many online resources that can teach you modern computer science concepts and prepare you for an entry-level job. Remote learning is ideal for people with disabilities! Look for online courses that let you learn at your own pace using the tools and equipment that work best for you.
You will also need to learn some key business skills before you can land your first job. According to Chron, most business analysts hold at least a bachelor’s degree. Consider enrolling in an online bachelor’s program in a related subject such as business administration, management, or IT. You could also consider going back to school for an MBA, thus giving yourself an edge over the competition in the business world.
Once you’ve earned your education, you can start looking for entry-level job opportunities. Networking is one of the best ways to find a good fit. Start by connecting with potential employers on LinkedIn to build your list of professional contacts. Don’t use the platform just for job hunting. This is one of the biggest mistakes people make on LinkedIn. Take advantage of LinkedIn for meeting new people, learning from them, and forging long-term relationships with people who you admire.
Pursue Remote Work
Just because you have a disability doesn’t mean you have to work remotely, but it is a viable option for those looking for flexible work options. Robert Half suggests looking for remote work positions on job search websites or going straight to the websites of companies you would like to work for to see what positions they have open. If you’re having trouble finding work, connect with recruiters to get matched with your ideal remote positions in the business industry.
Of course, it’s important to ensure you will mesh well with a remote role. Remote workers need to be self-motivated and organized. Make sure you can meet deadlines, work independently, and maintain your focus without a manager keeping an eye on you.
Don’t Let Your Disability Hold You Back
Job hunting with a disability can be tough, especially when you’re looking for an entry-level position in an industry that’s new to you. Try not to get discouraged! Apply to all of the jobs that seem like a good fit, even if you don’t have the experience requested in the job listing. If you get an interview, keep the focus on your skills and strengths rather on the limitations imposed on you by your disability. Keep in mind that you don’t have to disclose your disability if you don’t want to. As long as you can do the work required, you shouldn’t feel obligated to talk about your disability in your interview.
Because of their technical know-how, programmers are well-suited for roles in business positions, especially that of a business analyst. Consider expanding your career sights beyond development and pursuing a career in the business world! As long as you have confidence in your abilities, you will thrive in your new role.
As an entrepreneur, investor, consultant and Starbucks addict, Justin T. Farrell focuses his energy on helping grow businesses, whether his own or others. Reach out today to learn more about how he can help your business expand!