A career planning and employment resource for people who are blind or partially sighted

Keeping Your Job

Getting a job is only the beginning. Once you land a job, the real work begins. You need to make sure that you keep your job! As you’ll see on the Keeping Your Job Tip Sheet, much of what’s required to maintain employment centres on working well with your co-workers and being productive on the job. Therefore, it’s critical that you demonstrate good social interaction or communication skills and well-developed alternative techniques to doing things visually – these disability-specific skills are addressed in the Learning and Education section.

Employers are looking for good workers – people that will come to work, do their work, get along with their co-workers, as well as help keep the company viable by producing a quality product or providing an exemplary service. If you want to keep your job, you must learn to be the kind of employee that the company wants and needs. If you’re self-employed, you must learn to meet the wants and needs of your customers or clients.

The big difference between workers with and without disabilities is that employers may have misperceptions about what an employee with a disability can do and how the employee can be productive and fit in with the other workers. You’ll have to demonstrate your competence – show the employer that you can do the work and that you understand the social milieu and what’s expected of you. Be prepared by reviewing and following the Keeping Your Job Tip Sheet. For further information and useful external links visit the Working Life Resources section.