The Truth About Work

I uphold the confidentiality rule when helping people create resumes and conduct career searches.

In a general way though I can tell you that sometimes what you like and want to do isn’t always suitable for a career.

You might want to paint religious figures or sew clothes.

Yet how realistic is that when there’s no demand from an employer for Christ paintings?

What if you like and want to sew yet aren’t quick enough in doing that on a job?

Other options exist. Finding the right job takes a creative and resourceful approach.

This might sound old-school and maybe impractical yet sometimes you just have to do an internship or try out working at a few jobs to be able to figure out what career is not for you and what career you’d like to do.

When it comes to using your individuality to find the right-fit career it does involve sleuthing and taking a hard look and self-assessment at your strengths and weaknesses.

One job I recommend is working in a public library when you’re a quirky soul.

To be a librarian you need a Masters degree. Jobs in libraries also exist for tech-savvy individuals as computer assistants and technicians. These jobs might not require a degree.

At some libraries there are still positions available as clerks helping to process and check out books at the circulation desk.

For those of you who only seek part-time work you can get a paid job shelving books at a library.

In some library systems you can get a job as a library associate. You’ll be doing ibrarian work without a Masters degree as a library associate. The pay will be lower.

Best of all when you work in a public library you don’t have to dress in corporate clothes like you would at an office.

I’ll end here with this: I’ve become wary of using a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to telling every job seeker to do what you love as a career.

The solution is that other careers exist that can be perfectly fine for you.

In the next blog entry I’m going to talk about my own surprising finding about the type of career a person might be suited to.

The results will surprise blog readers.

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Finding the Right Career Fit

I’m going to talk in coming blog entries about topics linked to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

After this I’m going to return to talking about fitness and nutrition.

My contention is that schizophrenia recovery outcomes are rosier than most people think.

It’s hard to peg how many people are doing well because most of us with jobs and careers and other successes are afraid to disclose.

Yet I refused to live in hiding. To remain silent would be complicit in reinforcing the rhetoric that no one can recover.

My motto is: “If you can see it, you can be it.”

Peers need to know that there are people just like them who have succeeded at finding and working at jobs we love, not just jobs that pay the rent or are the means to get off disability.

We shouldn’t be pigeonholed into accepting jobs simply because a vocational counselor thinks someone with our particular disability is suited only to those kinds of job.

What if you don’t want to be a janitor yet you’re told you should do that?

What if you want to do something that you’re told is impossible because you have a certain diagnosis?

Either way I’m here to tell you that a myriad of jobs exist. You can even create a job for yourself that fills a need in society.

Having the job or career you love can reduce the impact of your disability.

I say: if you want to work, you deserve to try to make that happen.

In the end working at the job or career you love is a kind of adjunct treatment.