How to get a job working with down syndrome
There’s no shortage of media attention surrounding the challenges facing individuals with Down syndrome and their families, but there’s less discussion about the fact that many people with Down syndrome go on to live full, happy lives and make contributions to society through work and volunteering.
In fact, 75 percent of people with Down syndrome are employed in some capacity a rate that rivals that of the general population.
But for one reason or another, it can be hard to find employment working directly with an individual with Down syndrome. So what does the future hold? How can you get hired to work with this special population?
What type of jobs can you do?
Down syndrome is not an impediment to success. You may be able to find some jobs that do not require working with people and/or in public, but there are also many opportunities for working one-on-one with people and in the public eye.
There are many positions available for those who want to pursue careers related to business, science, education, the arts and more. If you love children or adults, then being a teacher’s aide is a great option.
Those without teaching experience can still work as aides in elementary school classrooms by helping with tasks like setting up classroom materials or moving desks around.
If you prefer to work outside of the classroom, then there are plenty of jobs such as recreation specialists or activity coordinators at camps where you will get to work with children all day long.
Do I need training?
The answer is not always straightforward. In some cases, your employer will require you to have training.
However, in many cases, you can get on-the-job training from your co-workers and supervisor.
If you are looking for an entry level position that does not require any specific skills or experience, then you can probably get training as well.
If you’re looking for something more specific like a teaching position or occupational therapist, then it is unlikely that the employer will provide any training to help prepare you for this job.
What are the prospects for me getting hired?
There are many jobs and internships available to those looking to work in the disability field. While these opportunities are plentiful, they do come with their own set of challenges.
When it comes to getting a job, it is important to remember that employers will be looking for someone who has experience working with people who have disabilities. It is also important not to get discouraged when you are turned down for an opportunity.
By doing research on the company ahead of time and by making sure your resume and cover letter reflect your qualifications, you will greatly increase your chances of being hired.
Where do I find these jobs?
There are many different types of jobs that you can get working with children who have down syndrome. Some examples include: teachers, occupational therapists, special education aides and general classroom support assistants.
You will find these positions by looking on websites like Monster or Indeed, as well as through your local job board. It’s important to note that some positions require specialized training (such as being certified in special education) which can be done through the Department of Developmental Disabilities.
What are potential challenges in my search?
Challenges in your search might be that there are not many opportunities to work with individuals who have down syndrome.
This means that you might need to do some networking and promote yourself as an expert in this field. Find out what employers need and make sure they know you can provide these services.
Another challenge is the lack of knowledge or understanding on the part of some people about the capabilities of individuals with down syndrome. Be prepared for those types of comments, questions, or concerns during interviews or while on-the-job, so that you can answer them in an informed way.
How can my friends help me find a job in the field?
A great way your friends can help you find a job in the field is to use their networks to connect you with people who work in the field. If they know someone who works at an organization, they should introduce you.
They could also invite you to events where professionals in the field are present and introduce you. Finally, they can simply post your resume on job boards or send it to potential employers who do not have any connections that they might be aware of.
It’s important for those looking for jobs in this industry to find out as much information about the company as possible before applying, including whether or not hiring will require relocation.
What if no one hires me?
One of the hardest parts about getting a job is looking for work. And it can be even more frustrating if you’re not finding any opportunities.
But don’t lose hope! There are many reasons why you might not be landing interviews, and there are ways to fix them!
1) Make sure your resume is up-to-date and accurate.
2) If you’re using an old resume, make sure your skills are still relevant to today’s job market.
If you’re interested in getting involved and learning more about this amazing cause, check out the National Down Syndrome Society’s website.
You’ll find that there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.
All you have to do is look around and see what fits your interests best.
If you love kids, then volunteering at an after school program would be a perfect fit for you!