Looking for a job following a serious injury

Looking for a job following a serious injury


Posted by: Katya Halsall (Director, VocRehab UK)

Here at Voc Rehab UK, we support people who have sustained serious injuries or who suffer from long-term health conditions. We help to identify new careers for our clients who are no longer able to do their pre-injury job and who struggle to choose what other jobs they may like and may be able to do.

Whilst people who’s health is affected may be more disadvantaged in the labour market, many find suitable work – paid or volunteer.

We believe that it is important to focus on abilities rather than limitations. Considering function and not only the medical diagnosis, helps to consider what our clients can and are able to do.

We want to share some of the practical tips that we use with our clients. We hope that this information would help those people who want to explore alternative careers independently.

Identifying an alternative career:

Check your existing assets and abilities:

  • Work history
  • Education background
  • Functional abilities
  • Transferable skills

Career preferences:

Narrow down to 3-5 preferred industries.

  • What types of working environments do you like?
  • What type of working tasks do you enjoy?
  • Preferred working hours?
  • Salary expectations?

Gap analysis:

Consider what is missing right now, to help you achieve your career goals:

  • Do you need to gain new skills?
  • Is there anything you need to learn?
  • What type of training is right for you? There are traineeships, apprenticeships, full and part time college and university courses. There are also short-term training courses.
  • What training is available locally?

Where do I start?

When you are ready to apply for jobs, start with your CV preparation.

Check CV building guidance online. We suggest that you spend time creating and reviewing your CV until you are happy with it, as your CV is what will get you a job interview.

Job seeking methods:

There are many job seeking methods. Here are some examples:

  • Job seeking websites
  • Direct employer contact
  • Soft canvassing: using your connections
  • Social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter
  • Networking at relevant events

We recommend applying for 10-15 jobs a week and keeping a job diary, so you can record the outcome of your job seeking activities and diary the follow up with employers.

Dealing with set-backs:

We say, “looking for a job is a full time job and getting a job that you want will take time and effort.”

  • Do not expect a response every time you apply for a job – this is normal.
  • Develop a positive attitude and treat job seeking as a project – not a chore.
  • Get rid of any limiting beliefs such as “I cannot do it”, “Who will employ me”, “There are no jobs”. These are not helpful and do not lead anywhere.


The National Career Service Skill Check

The Access to Work (helps with travel to/from work).

Good Luck!

To learn more about Voc Rehab UK and the services they offer, click here.

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