Below is a list of options that can help you keep a job. You might try some different options before you find one that works for you. Your supports might combine 2 or more of the options listed below.
Getting ready to keep a job
You can decide what new skills you might need to help you keep your job.
- Do you want to work full-time or part-time?
- Do you need any supports at work to help you? This can be things like screen reading software, support for personal care or interpreting at work.
- If you need supports at work, how can they be included in your work-day?
- If you need help talking with your employer about supports at work, you could talk first with your family, friends, local area coordinator (LAC), or support coordinator if you have one.
What supports are available and how can they support you?
Building new skills can help you live more independently. You can also learn skills that can help you at work.
New skills might be catching public transport or getting your driver’s licence.
New skills could also be managing money, communicating with colleagues, keeping on time, teamwork and controlling emotions.
Participants have told us building new skills helped them get a job, keep that job or move on to a new job.
Research suggests the best way to develop new skills is with on the job training.
Getting support at work to keep your job can include:
- flexible working hours
- leave arrangements
- working from home
- access to a support worker, coach, mentor
- choosing how you communicate (eg email instead of phone)
- accessing modified training or equipment
- regular on-on-one with your supervisor
- asking for written or visual instructions if they work better for you.