Stuck in a Rut

It’s so easy after you’ve been in a job for a while to believe that you can’t work any where else.   The best thing that ever happened to me in my career was getting laid off from my first job.    I had this new job, which I was lucky to get, great job and great experience.   The new job lasted almost exactly two years.   Major downturn and I with a large number of other people were laid off.   I thought I was going to have a long career with the company and retire there.   Thank god it didn’t work out that way.

Stuck in a Rut Podcast
The experience of losing my job taught me so much:

  • How to find another job.
  • That I had valuable skills
  • That I could find another job
  • That my skills would be valued in another job
  • I could even find a better job
  • How my disability effected the job hunting process and how it didn’t
  • What I needed to do to market myself and my skills in a job market
  • How to market myself and my skills and disclose my disability without loosing the opportunity

I know many people that get stuck in the rut of oh I’ve been here so long and I don’t know how to find a new job and I don’t know if I’ll be able to do a new job.    The worst thing with a disability is having a great job and having your disability change or deteriorate.  Then you are left to work through understanding your changing capabilities and adapting to your job.   Integrating in new adaptive techniques or technologies.  All while trying to retain your job or worse having to find a new one.   This just feeds the belief that you’re not valuable and deepens the rut.

The key is to not loose your self esteem.   Yeah Right I know.  That’s a hard one.   But its true remember you have the skills to do the job and that you need to rework your support techniques for managing the requirements of your disability.   Keep the two issues separate and rely on your support network to keep your head out of bad places.

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About the Author:

Kyle has ocular albinism and has been legally blind since birth. Kyle leads a very active live and is besides his professional career involved in many projects for persons who are different.

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