This week’s blog is written for us by Patrick Del Rosario, who is part of the team behind Open Colleges, one of Australia’s pioneer and leading providers of Human Resources courses. When not working, Patrick enjoys blogging about career and business. Patrick is also a photography enthusiast and is currently running a photography studio in the Philippines. Here is his blog:
“But what can I do for a living if I can’t hear?”
Sometimes it is so tempting to take the path of least resistance. To just stay where you are and not risk taking a step forward. To believe that your deafness is keeping you from being successful.
Don’t get me wrong, everyone has experienced that feeling of something they can’t control holding them back in their lives. And if you are deaf, it’s easy to lose hope because the path, quite honestly, is harder, and fewer opportunities are available. But that doesn’t mean that there are no opportunities – it just means that you may have to look harder – and work harder – to find them. In fact, today’s world offers plenty of amazing career opportunities for the deaf, so don’t let your disability stand in your way.
Not sure where to get started? No worries – that’s what we’re here for! Here are 5 careers you might want to consider that would be perfect fits for someone who is hard of hearing:
1. Writer. Seems obvious, right? You might just have a knack for the written word, and writers can have great careers working on many different interesting projects. You can work for a newspaper, where you’ll get to interview all kinds of interesting people. Talking doesn’t have to be an issue because many “interviews” are simply done over email these days? Or how about working as a website blogger, building yourself a huge international following and having your work read by thousands of people? Who knows, you might even be the next great novelist or Hollywood screenwriter – as a bonus, you have a totally valid excuse for ignoring executive notes.
2. Information Technology (IT). Do you love computers? Do you seem to be the person all of your friends turn to when theirs goes on the fritz? Well, there are plenty of great, high-paying jobs available in the information technology industry. Nowadays, basically every company needs a good IT person on staff. You can also choose to work for specific IT companies that will send you out to all different businesses to diagnose and fix their problems. And if you’re really feeling adventurous, you might just want to start your own IT firm yourself.
3. Accountant. Being bad with math might keep you from pursuing an accounting job, but being deaf sure shouldn’t. If numbers make you tick, maybe you should look into a career in accounting. If you do, you will find yourself with many options ranging from working for an accounting firm, to being the CFO of a major corporation. And even if you don’t have a college degree in accounting, you might still be able to start off as a bookkeeper for a smaller company.
4. Graphic Designer. Do you love to draw? Do your friends marvel at the cool art you create? If so, graphic design might be the perfect career choice for you. Design the next iconic corporate logo from scratch. Create a great advertisement that turns heads. And the beauty is, with graphic design you can often have the choice of whether you want the freedom of working freelance jobs from home, or the stability of working a 9 to 5 job at an office.
5. Teaching the Deaf. There’s nothing stopping you from teaching to those who are not hearing impaired, but you might get an even better feeling from helping other deaf people. There are no limits to the subjects you can teach or the age groups you can work with. Plus, the previous knowledge of sign language your deaf students will have should make communication much easier.
Though I’ve made these 5 career suggestions, realistically, people who suffer from deafness can do practically anything they want as a career. There’s no reason to let your disability make you lower your goals one bit.
If you need help trying to figure out the next step, there are some great online resources that can help you on your journey. Just search around the internet and you’ll find a wealth of information that will help you along your way.
Even better, try speaking openly about your wants and goals to those you trust most. You will be surprised how much your friends and family will want to help you out. You never know who could make the suggestion that changes your life, or who may have that perfect contact that leads you to your dream job.
Whatever it is you choose to do, just don’t let being deaf hinder your success! If you remember that, you will achieve whatever it is you want in life.
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