3 Unusual Deaf Job Opportunities You Should Consider

17 02 2017

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3 Unconventional and lucrative deaf job opportunities

Can you turn your job into a deaf job? Being deaf or hard of hearing forces us to think and look outside the box when contemplating career options.

Many potential employers are reluctant to hire deaf workers because they assume our communication needs will impose a financial strain.

Because we do not perform jobs like a hearing employee would, few deaf people ever advance in their career.

Are you frustrated with your seemingly dead-end job? Then why not try something different.

Let’s remove ourselves from the traditional ‘jobs for deaf people’ and start considering the unique opportunities available to us in a deaf job.

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Deaf employment research project

14 11 2008

Message from Simeon Klein – if you can assist, please email him at simeonklein87@ yahoo.co. uk

Hi my name is Simeon Klein I am a current 3rd year student at Portsmouth University. Both my parents are deaf, you may know my Dad, Herbert Klein? He recommended this group for my research into the quality of working life and quality of communication for deaf people in employment. I’d like to discuss with the group admin if this is possible. My research consists of questionnaires which will be translated into BSL friendly English by my Dads work in the NHS, the questionnaire will be in a email sent to people.

My research is new because, it is the first to question how conditions are of deaf people in terms of their emotions and feelings, using this information a full data analysis will be conducted to view any trends or patterns developing. As this is done through my University participants details are highly confidential, and there are very strict guidelines on ethics. I hope you feel my questionnaire would not be using deaf people for scientific benefit but it is more a research into the wellbeing of deaf employees. I would be more than happy to send you a detailed analysis for the group to read and I would be more than happy to include discussion that the research brings up into my report. Finally you would be fully acknowledged in my report of your involvement.

Thank you very much for your time
Regards
Simeon Klein





See the ability, not the disability

22 10 2008

Employment Opportunities invited me to the Changing Lives Awards at the House of Lords. I was so excited. My invitation said ‘Evening wear only’ so I threw on my bright yellow jacket and off I went, feeling like a traffic light. Cute doggy in tow, of course. The venue was next to the Thames, there was a beautiful view of the London Eye and surrounding parliament buildings, all lit up. There were sparkly chandliers hanging from the ceiling and plenty of trays coming around with wine and canapés. Yum.

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Employment Opportunities have helped lots of deaf people get jobs across numerous sectors and at different levels. They aim to change lives through employment. Their vision is of a society where the full potential of people with disabilities is recognised in every workplace. This is the second year they have held the Changing Lives Awards, which recognise employers and individuals who share their vision, and celebrate individuals with disabilities who have overcome barriers into employment. They want organisations to work with them to promote inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

The event was hosted by Lord Archie Kirkwood. Two hundred people attended and I spoke to some of the nominees as well as Employment Opportunities staff. My lipreading skills were well tested by Bryn Roberts who hailed from Australia. He’s the EOpps Employer Development Officer. His dog sounded almost as naughty as Smudge, playing with squeaky toys at 3am! Of course, Smudge got lots of attention.

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I had a personal interest as they helped me to secure my first senior finance position after I graduated from university, preparing me for interview, advising me on CV preparation and interview techniques, mentoring me and overall (and most importantly) giving me the confidence in my abilities which came across in the interview.

It’s so demoralising when you meet a potential employer and they haven’t adjusted the recruitment process for you. Or they don’t make the effort to make adjustments in the interview. Isn’t the non-disabled person nervous enough at interviews? Interviews are like pulling teeth. No-one enjoys them. Preparation is the key to a good interview and Employment Opportunities helps people to do that well. They not only work with interviewees, they also work with employers and attend careers fairs across the country. They deliver training on reasonable adjustments, disability awareness, and offer mentoring support as well as pre- and post-employment support. They offer a graduate programme in conjunction with employers such as Barclays, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and the Civil Service.

I think Employment Opportunities should be given an award themselves, for the super work they are doing. Making employers see the ability, not the disability. Helping disabled people to lead fulfilling lives.

Making a difference – a REAL one.

Clap clap clap.





Deaf Welcome Here

11 02 2008

The London Development Agency has funded a project called Welcome Hear, run by the Royal Association for Deaf People. RAD say –

Are you Deaf and do you work in London?
Do you have communication problems at work?
Do you have problems with your Access to Work contract?
Do the people that you work with need some Deaf Awareness training?
If the answer to any of these questions is “YES”, we can help!!

We can give your work colleagues free basic Deaf awareness training
We can give your work colleagues free basic sign language training
We can explain to your employer how Access to Work can support you at work
We can help you to apply for Access to Work
We can help you sort out your Access to Work problems

For more information, contact Radha Manjeshwar:

Email: radha.manjeshwar at royaldeaf.org.uk
Mobile: 07950503093
Minicom: 0207 613 3967

(This looks like a good deal! Who HASN’T had problems with Access to Work or ignorant colleagues?)