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How do you get a job in the UK if disabled?


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Salaam alaikum,

I am thinking about moving to the UK in the near future to study,and I have been wondering how would I get a job being physically handicapped? I never held a job being in the States because most are simply unfeasible in regards to my physical challenges associated with my condition.

Is there any entry level work that requires my mind for me to be successful? If not, I will try to take a job in writing articles and such.

 

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2 hours ago, baqar said:

The UK is more socially oriented that the US. So I think there is better chance there.

You should perhaps make enquiries as soon as you arrive in the UK.

I will definitely do that.

2 hours ago, Ahmad Al said:

Perhaps if you travel with a friend or close family member, he/she can help you get around easily and help you find a nice job :) 

They can get me around all right but finding for a job might be asking too much, we'll see what happens when I get there.

Right now, I would like an idea of where to look for a basic job in the UK. I would gladly work in a shop or store run by a Shia family as a cashier.

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20 minutes ago, Gaius I. Caesar said:

I will definitely do that.

They can get me around all right but finding for a job might be asking too much, we'll see what happens when I get there.

Right now, I would like an idea of where to look for a basic job in the UK. I would gladly work in a shop or store run by a Shia family as a cashier.

I see. Inshallah all goes well!

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7 hours ago, Gaius I. Caesar said:

I am thinking about moving to the UK in the near future to study,and I have been wondering how would I get a job being physically handicapped?

Salam. In the US, the company called Goodwill Industries International helps people with training and jobs. I'm not sure if they are located in other countries.

http://www.goodwill.org/find-jobs-and-services/find-a-job/

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On 3/10/2017 at 5:37 PM, Gaius I. Caesar said:

Salaam alaikum,

I am thinking about moving to the UK in the near future to study,and I have been wondering how would I get a job being physically handicapped? I never held a job being in the States because most are simply unfeasible in regards to my physical challenges associated with my condition.

Is there any entry level work that requires my mind for me to be successful? If not, I will try to take a job in writing articles and such.

What is your disability ? What type of position do you think you are suited for/ would you like to have ideally? 

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On 3/10/2017 at 5:37 PM, Gaius I. Caesar said:

Salaam alaikum,

I am thinking about moving to the UK in the near future to study,and I have been wondering how would I get a job being physically handicapped? I never held a job being in the States because most are simply unfeasible in regards to my physical challenges associated with my condition.

Is there any entry level work that requires my mind for me to be successful? If not, I will try to take a job in writing articles and such.

Wa'alaykum Assalam.

Here are a few links that you might find useful. Insha'Allah, you find a position you are content with.

Work and disability

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/Pages/disability-in-the-workplace.aspx

Employing disabled people and people with health conditions

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/employing-disabled-people-and-people-with-health-conditions/employing-disabled-people-and-people-with-health-conditions

https://www.gov.uk/browse/disabilities

Scope/Work

https://www.scope.org.uk/support/disabled-people/work/jobseekers

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7 hours ago, Anonimo said:

What is your disability ? What type of position do you think you are suited for/ would you like to have ideally? 

I have cerebral palsy and I think I would be quite capable in a writing job, cashiers or office work but it has to be entry level. Ideally, I think I would do best in a job such as overseeing people's work.

@magma True but every time I look for an online job, I find things that are simply too good to be true or something really tedious. I don't know,I will look into again but that's the impression that I have of online jobs. 

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4 minutes ago, notme said:

If you have the voice, patience, and personality for it, consider call center or receptionist work. 

Hopefully someone here on shiachat owns a shop or office and can set you up with work before you go.

Insha'Allah, that would be great but for now, I plan to do some sight-seeing, try to see the UK for what it really is and creating ties and many contracts as possible. 

Call centers or receptionist jobs are out of the question, because I am hearing impaired and I get a fierce temper when people don't speak clearly.

But I like the suggestions, keep posting away. Gives me ideas.

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Online call center, where the customer service representative communicates via text chat? 

Do you have any specialized skills? Can you type? Can you tutor? Can you repair computers? Anything, really. 

Or maybe if you can afford to not work for a longer period of time, sign up for a training program for whichever work you would find suitable and enjoyable. 

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On 3/11/2017 at 3:00 PM, notme said:

Online call center, where the customer service representative communicates via text chat? 

Oh whoops, I forgot about that. That sounds feasible to me.

On 3/11/2017 at 3:00 PM, notme said:

Do you have any specialized skills? Can you type? Can you tutor? Can you repair computers? Anything, really. 

I can type and I can tutor in social studies and history.

On 3/11/2017 at 3:00 PM, notme said:

Or maybe if you can afford to not work for a longer period of time, sign up for a training program for whichever work you would find suitable and enjoyable. 

That's another good one, I will look at that too.

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On 3/10/2017 at 5:37 PM, Gaius I. Caesar said:

Salaam alaikum,

I am thinking about moving to the UK in the near future to study,and I have been wondering how would I get a job being physically handicapped? I never held a job being in the States because most are simply unfeasible in regards to my physical challenges associated with my condition.

Is there any entry level work that requires my mind for me to be successful? If not, I will try to take a job in writing articles and such.

if you declare your disability during application, you are pretty much guaranteed at least an interview ahead of other similarly qualified candidates. its actually very bias towards people with disabilities to get work in the UK. use it to your advantage, companies love employing people with disabilities and non white people to show how culturally diverse they are. its nothing but good PR. 

so long as you do not apply for something you obviously could not do well, like being a firefighter, you are good, man. 

some info here:

https://www.gov.uk/rights-disabled-person/employment

https://www.gov.uk/looking-for-work-if-disabled/applying-for-a-job

I am assuming you are looking for a part time job? places like ASDA (walmart) would probably be the best place to start

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On 3/13/2017 at 3:44 PM, repenter said:

First question is, why would you move to UK at all.........

Can't think of anything; Nice weather-Nope, People-Nope, I mean for heaven's sake they get happy when the sun comes out, how bad can they get? Less drunk people-Nope, pubs and pimms everywhere. Oh wait, here's something, possibly a week's worth of free holiday when God decides times up for the Queen. Though she could easily outlive you, tyrants often tend to, so I suppose it is a bit of a gamble. 

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On 3/13/2017 at 8:55 PM, Mohamed1993 said:

Can't think of anything; Nice weather-Nope, People-Nope, I mean for heaven's sake they get happy when the sun comes out, how bad can they get? Less drunk people-Nope, pubs and pimms everywhere. Oh wait, here's something, possibly a week's worth of free holiday when God decides times up for the Queen. Though she could easily outlive you, tyrants often tend to, so I suppose it is a bit of a gamble. 

1. Better education.

2. Better disability benefits and rights.

3. More choices to vote for.

4.More Shias than the US.

5. No gun culture and better gun control laws.

6. Far more culture and history than the US will ever have.

7. Easier to do ziyarah from the UK than the US.

8. NHS isn't perfect but it's much better than the GOP healthcare.

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1. America has better universities overall, and if you're not British, getting funding to study in Britain is nearly impossible. I was a foreign student and I got a pretty generous scholarship in America.

2. True I suppose. I wouldn't know.

3. Eh, its the same thing really, still neoliberals domestically, neocons in foreign policy. Britain goes with what America does in foreign policy anyway, it has no independent voice.

4. True, but if you live in a place like Orlando or New York, you will have many shias around you, so in that sense you won't feel the difference even if you were to move.

5. I suppose yeah, I don't factor it too much into my life.

6. Culture? In what way? Yeah more history but what does that mean in terms of lifestyle exactly? It sounds like nothing beyond more museums to see.

7. This is probably the best argument, cheaper to travel. Do you need a visa to stay in Britain? Do you have an EU passport? How does that work with Brexit exactly?

8. Yeah true, but I've heard its undergoing massive cuts with May's government, so I'm not sure exactly what the future of it is, but I suppose some Brits can help you.

On the other hand; America is cheaper than Britain by far, food isn't as expensive, housing is way cheaper (bigger houses for less cost), wages are better marginally, and at least when you factor in living costs, its much more affordable to live in the US. Though you will get guaranteed paid-time off which is the best thing about working in Britain, I think.

Honestly, I think they're very similar, some pros, some cons on either side. Net result isn't much different, at least in my view.

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5 hours ago, Gaius I. Caesar said:

1. Better education.

2. Better disability benefits and rights.

3. More choices to vote for.

4.More Shias than the US.

5. No gun culture and better gun control laws.

6. Far more culture and history than the US will ever have.

7. Easier to do ziyarah from the UK than the US.

8. NHS isn't perfect but it's much better than the GOP healthcare.

Yeah...but compare it to other EU countries...not the US.

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4 hours ago, repenter said:

Yeah...but compare it to other EU countries...not the US.

generally all the western European countries are more or less the same when you count up all the various pros and cons. the more liberal socialist countries like UK, Sweden etc are pretty sweet to live in. if you have a UK/ EU passport you have complete freedom of movement to live and work within the EU without needing a visa or permits or anything so its probably better to see it all as one big country.

I suppose the benefit of living on an island like the UK is that there's slightly less chance of ISIS slipping into the country through the tide of refugees. and the far right is unlikely to ever succeed as well as it has done in places like france and germany. plus life for shia is way better here than across the rest of Europe. 

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3 hours ago, DigitalUmmah said:

generally all the western European countries are more or less the same when you count up all the various pros and cons. the more liberal socialist countries like UK, Sweden etc are pretty sweet to live in. if you have a UK/ EU passport you have complete freedom of movement to live and work within the EU without needing a visa or permits or anything so its probably better to see it all as one big country.

I suppose the benefit of living on an island like the UK is that there's slightly less chance of ISIS slipping into the country through the tide of refugees. and the far right is unlikely to ever succeed as well as it has done in places like france and germany. plus life for shia is way better here than across the rest of Europe. 

In norway for example they have a law that everyone must get 5 weeks obligatory vacation. Another law is free education up and including PHD, almost always sponsored by the state as well. So not only is the education free but you get paid for it. Free healthcare (not the kind you have to wait forever and be stuck in queues) Free medicine if its permament. Insane purchasing power. Very low unemployment. A lot of benefits in most works. 12 months paid leave for mothers after birth, 12 weeks for dads.

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3 minutes ago, repenter said:

In norway for example they have a law that everyone must get 5 weeks obligatory vacation. Another law is free education up and including PHD, almost always sponsored by the state as well. So not only is the education free but you get paid for it. Free healthcare (not the kind you have to wait forever and be stuck in queues) Free medicine if its permament. Insane purchasing power. Very low unemployment. A lot of benefits in most works. 12 months paid leave for mothers after birth, 12 weeks for dads.

You forgot to mention - when you earn a PhD...you get a SWORD. 

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Got to hand it to Scandinavian countries, they do look after their people very well. Although I have read that their birth rates are really low, so populations are ageing, and those that die out aren't being replaced at the same rate. Its a problem across Europe actually. I suppose they benefit from having really strong anti-corruption institutions, and the fact that they are very isolationist compared to America and Britain, they don't spend too much on endless militarism and wars. I know some people from Sweden, they have no complaints for the most part, with the exception being that life is pretty boring.

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Scandinavian countries are all good. They are this and that... but only if you aren't already a professional lawyer/accountants in UK/USA or any other English speaking country.... 

If you are already qualified in those fields and you are planning to move to those countries than it's nothing but a suicide looking from  your career perspective... !! Here's why.. 1st of all you need to know the language. It will probably take at least 1 year to learn the language. Then After or during your language learning period you start learning about their Laws, Taxation in my case... Financial Accounting and Auditing standards, which are completey different in most cases than international or UK/US standards. So you are looking for at least 2-3 years  or even more to get a Job at your level. In those 2-3 years you can gain another qualification at higher level than your previous ones e.g CFA/ACA etc depending upon your interest if you stay in UK/USA/Canada/Australia etc...  i mean who got the time for extra 2-3 years. In those 2-3 years if you are good at your job you have tons of chances to get promotions and increase in salary.

Given the benefits in scandinavian countries it's all sound good only if you aren't already professionally qualified Accountant/lawyer/doctor.

UK is best place if you are an international Doctor/Accountant. 

You can't simply land in a country where you don't have prospect in your own field that's complete waste of your time. I know in sweden accoutants from USA/UK they always struggled to get job simply because they follow completey different standards. 

So always look at your individual circumstances before comparing countries. Every country is Good if you can earn enough to support your family with dignity and honour. 

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^^ True. Also, they tend to be much less diverse than UK/US, which are full of immigrants and all different types of people, so in some ways that probably makes it less boring to live in UK/US/Canada, probably more halal food everywhere you go, more people you have more in common with.

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4 hours ago, DigitalUmmah said:

so basically the two rules of living well in a country are:

(1) be rich

(2) don't be poor

No, it's this:

1. Be stable, not too poor or too rich. If you are too poor, you can't move and if you are too rich, people will try to rob you

2. Respect the culture. Saves a few headaches.

3. Don't do anything illegal and/or disrespect/annoy the natives. Maintain good akhlaq and avoid questionable actions.

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@Mohamed1993 @repenter @Struggling_onn

Thanks for the advice but it's important to keep on topic, sure Scandinavia, especially Finland sounds better on paper but I am going to the UK for an education and marriage (perhaps),and that may help me back home or in other parts of Europe, maybe Iran...

 Who knows? I might return to the US after my education but I don't think I will, there are so many better places to live for someone in my situation, mostly in Europe, even though the growing far right is something of an issue.

If it doesn't have anything to do with working with in the UK, save for an different, more appropriate topic.  I am not in anyway whatsoever trying to be rude but I am more than a little disappointed seeing my thread being derailed so causally. I am currently not interested learning about the benefits of living in Scandinavia (Although don't mistake it for me being close-minded, if reasonable, I will read what you have to say.)

All I want to know is how I can survive and sustain myself in the UK and who I can rely on for help over there.

Shukran for your consideration in the future...

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