Starting work

There are many things to consider when you are about to start looking for work, or beginning a new job.

This section will help you to identify the people who can advise you about career choices, help with interview preparation, give guidance about work experience and volunteering and advise about the support mechanisms available, such as the Access to Work scheme.


An Apprenticeship is a great way to learn on the job alongside experienced people while studying for a nationally recognised qualification. In this section you can find out more about getting on to an apprenticeship and the support you can get.

Work experience and volunteering

Work experience and volunteering are a crucial part of moving on and allows you to have hands-on experience of what it's like to work in different environments. Learn how work experience can benefit your CV, how to find opportunities and how the Access to Work scheme could support your placement on our Work experience and volunteering pages.

Finding a Careers Adviser

Our services across the UK, all provide similar support for you, if you are looking for advice and guidance about employment visit our finding a careers advisor pages for further information in relation to where you live.

The Two Tick symbol

When you are applying for jobs, look out for employers displaying the disability symbol. It shows they have a positive attitude towards applications from people with a disability and guarantees that they will offer you an interview if you meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy. 

Talking to your employers about your sight problem

When you are applying for jobs you need to think about if and when you plan to tell your employer about your sight condition. There aren't any rules about this and you don't have to tell an employer if you don't want to. It is up to you to decide at what point in applying for a job you choose to discuss it. Find out more about the benefits to talking to your employer about your sight condition. 

Interview skills and top tips

Going to a job interview can be a stressful experience, but you will find it much easier if you have spent time preparing in advance. Read our top tips for  attending an interview.

Further help and support with starting work

As you move through your journey from school and beyond you'll be entitled to different benefits and financial assistance because of your sight condition. Find out more about the financial support you can get when starting work and useful contacts for further advice.

RNIB and Action for Blind People provide specialist support and advice to help you find employment, start your own business, or stay in work if you are losing your sight. Services are delivered via our helpline, Action's Employment Line and our UK-wide network of regional and local centres. To find out more, please contact:

Moving onto employment

Tom Church has recently started work as an Operations Executive for Tesco. 

This is your future - A career guide for disabled students, by disabled students

This guide - produced by Leonard Cheshire Disability - provides you with the information that you need to kickstart your career. It was written by and for disabled students.

Leonard Cheshire's internship programme

Leonard Cheshire run an internship programme which brings together the UK’s top employers and talented disabled students. Details of the programme can be found at the Leonard Cheshire website.



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