Yes I Can Have a Career

It may be really hard to picture life after an injury or diagnosis as ever being able to get back to a “normal.” A big part of that for many people is wondering if they can every go back to work with the physical limitations that were not there before. Our team at BardCare faced these same hurdles and is here to say “Yes you can have a career!” Whether it is returning to a previous job and figuring out new ways of doing things, or even getting creative with a brand-new venture, a career after a life changing injury/diagnosis is not only possible, it can be more rewarding than ever before!  Our team members have done things such as starting a non-profit, found success working from home, adjusted to life back at a previous job, and even conquered teaching a room full of Pre-K students. 

The following are some tips our team wanted to share:

Jenny says

  • Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer! That way you can find what you enjoy doing and how you are gifted, and potentially move into that field.

Maria says

  • "I returned to what I love (teaching) and every accommodation I needed was made, from ramps to a handicap bathroom space."
  • Set your goal and recognize the steps it takes to get you there! You can do it!

Caroline says

  • Every state has a federally funded Vocational Rehab that assists with modifications as well as an agency that helps people return to work.
  • Know your rights! Know the laws that protect you and what your rights are as an employee.
  • Create a reasonable accommodation agreement with your employer for all necessary workplace modifications and review it from time to time for updates.

Leslie says

  • Get help when you have it for daily care, so you don’t exhaust yourself before even getting to work.
  • Have built in times for cathing if that is part of your routine. Make sure your employer understands that bathroom times may be more frequent or longer.
  • Be realistic. Know your limits and find employment that can work with your needs.
  • Be creative! Ask employers if you can work a few days remotely or different hours. This can help with endurance.
  • Think outside the box. Income/work can come from different streams/sources. Part time work may provide more flexibility.
  • Think of hobbies that can be used for income such as photography, writing, social media marketing, etc.

Grandin says

  • What works best for him is having a job that involves being part of a team that way, there are others to help in times it is needed.
  • Definitely look for a job with flexibility. 

Don’t let fear keep you from pursuing your dream career. Just as the old adage says, "Where there is a will, there is a way!"

The opinions and experiences presented herein are for informational use only. Individual results may vary depending on your condition. Always consult with your health care professional. These individuals have been compensated by Bard Medical for the time and effort in preparing this article for BARD’s further use and distribution.