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.

Apprenticeships

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. The disability symbol is made up of two ticks and the words "positive about disabled people". Look out for the symbol on job adverts and application forms.

Find out more about disability-friendly employers in our main Employment section.

To find out more about the role of the Disability Employment Adviser or the Two Tick symbol, visit Looking for work if you're disabled - GOV.UK.

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.

There are lots of benefits to talking to your employer about your sight condition. It means that you have the opportunity to approach the issue in a positive way and allows you to reassure the employer that your sight condition does not mean that you are unable to do the job properly.

There are many more reasons why talking to your employer about your sight condition may be a good idea. It is only when you disclose your disability that you have rights under the Equality Act 2010 and that you become entitled to reasonable adjustments in the workplace. If you decide that you want to talk about your sight condition to a potential employer you can design your own disclosure strategy. This means you plan exactly how and when you want to discuss this and you should think about this before going to job interviews.

More information about talking about sight loss with employers, including some ideas about how to go about it, is available in disclosing a disability  in our main Employment section.

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. These are some top tips for you to consider before attending an interview.

  • Arrange any adjustments in advance. For example, if you have to complete a test you may need a large print version.
  • Plan your journey and know what transport links you need to catch. You're unlikely to get the job if you are late.
  • Make sure you know about the Access to Work Scheme
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Be confident and practise good posture.
  • Research the organisation and content of the job.
  • Re-read your application form.
  • Research and think about who is interviewing you.
  • Think about what questions you might be asked and plan your response.
  • Think about your disclosure strategy.
  • Prepare some questions to ask at the end of the interview

Further information about interview preparation and performance is available in our main Employment section.

Further help and support with starting work

RNIB and Action for Blind People have a range of advice, information and direct support available for people seeking work. For more online information about careers, seeking work, writing a CV or application form, interviews, job-seeking resources, or the Access to Work scheme visit our main Employment section.

Benefits and financial help

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.

The financial help you'll be able to get will depend on what you are doing and your circumstances at the time: for example, at university you'll have access to the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and at work you'll be entitled to funding through the Access to Work Scheme. You may also be entitled to benefits such as Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payments (PIP) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA).

Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

The Government is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged between 16 and 64 with a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP). If you are under 16, there are currently no plans to replace DLA for you.

Universal Credit

From October 2013 there will be a new benefit for people on low incomes called Universal Credit. It will gradually replace many other welfare benefits - including housing benefit, income support and jobseeker's allowance.

To find out about the benefits and financial help you may be entitled to, visit our benefits for people of working age pages or contact RNIB's Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or email helpline@rnib.org.uk and our Welfare Rights Advisors can help to resolve any problems you have in getting the right support.

Aspire 2 Magazine for Young Disabled People

A magazine to help young disabled people raise their career aspirations, fulfil their potential and make the transition into work.

Visit the DWP website to get the latest Aspire 2 Magazine for Young Disabled People.

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