Maybe you’re a young person who is finishing high school, college, or some other type of education. Maybe you’re looking for a part-time job, a summer job, or are just thinking about your future options. Either way, if you’re thinking about entering the workforce, this information is for you.

Many people with disabilities have meaningful jobs that they enjoy and are successful at doing. You too can get a job. With the right training, preparation, and workplace accommodations, you can have a career that will let you earn your own money and lead a financially independent life. A job will also help you meet people and make new friends.

Working is one of the huge opportunities that becoming an adult offers. If you are thinking about getting a job, this article will help you decide what type of work you might like. It also includes information on how to get training and how to find a job.

Many of the issues covered in this article are also discussed in greater detail in DB101’s Going to Work section.

Set a Long-Term Goal

As you think about getting a job, try to set a long-term goal. Your goal should be a career that allows you to do things you can do well, that you enjoy doing and find satisfying, and that help you make money. Most people don't start off with a job that meets all of these standards, but by having a long-term goal in mind, you can figure out what steps you need to take right now to eventually get there.

You might need more education and training before you can begin the career you want. Maybe you will have to begin with a job that you don't like that much, so that you can get the experience you'll need to get a job you’ll like better. Maybe you aren't sure what career you want to pursue, but you want to get a job and see whether you like it.

Even if you don't plan on getting a job immediately, reading this article will help you think about your long-term career goals and how to get there.