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Jobs and Careers for Deaf People

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Only 63% of deaf and hard of hearing people are currently employed, compared to 75% of the population as a whole, a recent survey of the deaf population showed.  The same research also found that one in five people in the survey were unemployed and looking for work. That’s compared to one in 20 in the UK labour market.

This shows that some deaf and hard of hearing people are being denied the opportunity to gain and retain paid work. This is even though deaf people work in a wide variety of occupations and careers: from bankers to artists, from teaching to engineering.

It is not their deafness that prevents people from working, said the survey. Instead it is the lack of understanding and awareness on the part of others as to what deaf people can do. The data, by Action on Hearing Loss, also explained that 59% of respondents identified the attitudes of potential employers towards deaf people as a barrier to employment.

At VERCIDA, we do things differently. Our database of top employers across the country means you can search with confidence. All of our employers are committed to dealing with what people can do, not what they can’t. Search for your next job here.

Jobs that deaf people are good at

We believe the deaf community, like any other, needs good opportunities to access quality work.  You might be looking for a new job because of:

  • Redundancy
  • Change in marital status
  • Change in your health
  • A move to another part of the country
  • A desire to do something different

Our philosophy is such that we believe every member of society has something to contribute – and that includes you. That is why we work so hard to find employers with disability positive jobs – employers who are not afraid to hire individuals from every segment of society. All of the companies listing on the VERCIDA website share our commitment to inclusiveness. See the jobs available now.

Whatever your individual qualities and skills, there is something in our extensive database. Deaf individuals are increasingly finding that they are able to work frontline, customer facing roles in a number of businesses. If you are able to lip read, this will help, but is not always required.

We’re also very aware that some deaf young people may struggle with a lack of confidence or low expectations for their future. In particular it’s not always easy how to explore their options compared to their hearing peers. We would encourage people to always aim high – perhaps considering entry-level positions, or apprenticeships, which can build skills and confidence.

Your ability to contribute

We believe your ability to contribute to the workplace rests entirely within your training, education, skills and experience. It has nothing to do with any limits imposed by your hearing loss. Employers offering disability positive jobs understand this, too. That is why we choose to work only with those companies that have established policies of inclusiveness and diversity in place. We believe that everyone has a useful skill. We want to help you find a job that puts that ability to good use.

Types of jobs available

Search our website for jobs, apprenticeships, and graduate schemes covering a wide range of industries. There are career opportunities for all sorts of workers who possess the skills, knowledge, and training to get the job done. Some examples would include:

  • Manufacturing, assembly, industry
  • Print and broadcast media
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Personal services
  • Business services
  • Office/clerical
  • Retail sales or management
  • Automotive sales and repair

Jobs for people with disabilities

Living with any disability presents challenges and part of our work is helping employers support all their staff. We know that disabled people still face day to day discrimination. Some report being overlooked for employment opportunities despite being well suited for the role.

Here at VERCIDA, it is our firm belief that all hard-working individuals who want to find themselves employment should be able to do so. For persons with hearing loss, there may be some jobs where overriding safety concerns prohibit deaf people from applying. However, most jobs on the market can be just as easily undertaken by someone with limited hearing.

Here’s why you should let VERCIDA help you to search your next job. We’ve built relationships with disability-friendly businesses, putting us in a unique position to connect you with the ideal job. Many of the employers in our database have a proven track record when it comes to hiring disabled workers, so you can apply with the confidence that your application will be taken seriously.

Search our jobs database today, and before you know it, you could be taking the first steps on a long and rewarding career path.

 

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VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please email info@vercida.com for more information.

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