Supporting you to decide your next next steps           

There are many people, websites and resources that can support you to make informed, aspirational choices about your future.  It is important to think about choices that open up opportunities and lead you closer to your goal and this will involve thinking ahead and making decisions that open as many doors for you as possible.  Do not worry if you are unsure about what you want to do in the future for a career, however try to focus on your strengths and things you enjoy and talk the options through with your family and the people who support you, to help you make your decisions going forward.  Here are some people that can support you:

How specialist advice can help

If you feel you are facing difficulties as a result of a disability or health condition, having specialist advice may help you to understand your rights and get support to reach your career goals.

It is illegal to discriminate against someone with a disability and provide reasonable adjustments and equal opportunities. In spite of this many disabled people still face challenges getting into and staying in the workplace. 

Organisations offering specialist advice can help you to:

  • explore your options
  • understand your legal rights at work
  • find out about funding and specialist support like Access to Work
  • get advice that meets your specific needs
  • access professionals like mentors, advocates and specialist advisers

Many charities are experts in understanding the challenges of a specific disability. They may be able to give you practical support to:

  • find Disability Confident employers near you
  • search for job opportunities and get help with the recruitment process
  • ask for reasonable adjustments in the workplace

Organisations that can offer a broad range of support include:

Job Help campaign from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Disability Rights UK helpline and online careers advice support

Remploy employment and skills support for people with disabilities and health conditions

Job Centre and Job Centre Plus Disability Employment Advisers (DSA)    

Jobcentre Plus is a government-funded employment agency and social security office whose aim is to help people of working age find employment in the UK.

A Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) at your local Jobcentre can help you find a job or gain new skills and tell you about disability friendly employers in your area. Visit the Job centre website (external link).

  • Sutton Jobcentre Plus, Carew House, Railway Approach,, Wallington, Surrey SM6 0DX, United Kingdom (UK), Phone: 0800 169 0190

You will liaise with a Work Coach who will carry out an employment assessment to find out what kind of work would suit you best. By taking an employment assessment, you will be able to more easily identify your strengths and abilities and your Work Coach will be able to create a plan of action to help you meet your employment goals. To take an employment assessment you will first have an interview with your work coach and talk to them about any previous work experience, talents, skills, and your employment goals.

Setting up your own business  

Young Enterprise is a national charity which equips students aged 13-19 with knowledge and confidence for future success, empowering them to develop their skills and potential. Read about last year's Young Enterprise student companies (external link) or  find out more about this year's programme (external link).   

Mutually Inclusive offers specialist enterprise planning and development resources. Visit Mutually Inclusive to learn more (external link).

Visit the RED website for enterprise information (external link).

More information can be found at Gov.uk and Money Advise Service

More is available through Princes Trust (external link). 

National Minimum Wage

The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age. Learn about the minimum wage (external link). 

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