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Looking for, getting and keeping work can be an experience of its own when blind or vision impaired. That being said, there are always those who have navigated these waters who can pass useful information along.

Maybe you aren’t sure how to disclose your eye condition to a potential employer or you don’t know what your options are. Here you can get these questions answered from others with lived experience of blindness and low vision.

Don't hesitate...start chatting now!


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For one-on-one support on getting a job or progressing in your career, contact Vision Australia on info@visionaustralia.org or call us on 1300 84 74 66.


*Please note that while we try to ensure the Zest pages have accurate information and resources, Zest is a place for people to share personal experiences and solutions. The information on these pages is not meant to be a substitute for professional assistance or advice.*

Looking for, getting and keeping work can be an experience of its own when blind or vision impaired. That being said, there are always those who have navigated these waters who can pass useful information along.

Maybe you aren’t sure how to disclose your eye condition to a potential employer or you don’t know what your options are. Here you can get these questions answered from others with lived experience of blindness and low vision.

Don't hesitate...start chatting now!


Register for Participate Vision Australia here or login here

  1. Add your comments to the forums, start a new forum or ask a question below
  2. If you have any content suggestions please contact the admins at zest@visionaustralia.org

For one-on-one support on getting a job or progressing in your career, contact Vision Australia on info@visionaustralia.org or call us on 1300 84 74 66.


*Please note that while we try to ensure the Zest pages have accurate information and resources, Zest is a place for people to share personal experiences and solutions. The information on these pages is not meant to be a substitute for professional assistance or advice.*

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    The below article has some great advice from Vision Australia’s advocacy team about what you can do to make sure you keep performing well at work if you experience a change in your vision. Among other things, understanding your vision loss and thinking about new ways of working can be key! You can check out the full article here.






    The below article has some great advice from Vision Australia’s advocacy team about what you can do to make sure you keep performing well at work if you experience a change in your vision. Among other things, understanding your vision loss and thinking about new ways of working can be key! You can check out the full article here.






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  • Socialising at work

    by HeyBlinkin, 3 months ago

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    Was wondering if anyone had some ideas or experiences with getting to know your colleagues when you haven't been introduced to any of them when starting a new job? especially in an office space that doesn't really talk to each other anyway. Noticing it makes a difference to the ease of the day. Not sure if it's because I am the only blind staff member and it's just not as easy to make eye contact and engage with someone indirectly.

    Was wondering if anyone had some ideas or experiences with getting to know your colleagues when you haven't been introduced to any of them when starting a new job? especially in an office space that doesn't really talk to each other anyway. Noticing it makes a difference to the ease of the day. Not sure if it's because I am the only blind staff member and it's just not as easy to make eye contact and engage with someone indirectly.

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    Vision Australia has recently put together a guide with some handy tips on how to stand up for your rights, if you experience barriers or discrimination in employment.

    You can download a copy of the guide from our Stand Up for your Rights page. While you’re there, check out our guides on other topics, such as web accessibility, and travelling with a Seeing Eye Dog.

    Do you experience barriers in your job, or have you recently had a win in standing up for your rights at work? Let us know and share your ideas in...

    Vision Australia has recently put together a guide with some handy tips on how to stand up for your rights, if you experience barriers or discrimination in employment.

    You can download a copy of the guide from our Stand Up for your Rights page. While you’re there, check out our guides on other topics, such as web accessibility, and travelling with a Seeing Eye Dog.

    Do you experience barriers in your job, or have you recently had a win in standing up for your rights at work? Let us know and share your ideas in the comments.

    Caitlin – Vision Australia.

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    Do you use linked in? are you aware of what it can do. Admittedly I wasn't  really sure what the fuss was all about with it,  but I have increasingly found it a great way to advertise your skills and create professional networks   yourself on one platform. without having to do it on an individual case by case basis. I am starting to be converted to it's potential and I have several friends who have had jobs come to them via LinkedIN rather than them always having to go to the employer. Yes please to a bit more of that.

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    Do you use linked in? are you aware of what it can do. Admittedly I wasn't  really sure what the fuss was all about with it,  but I have increasingly found it a great way to advertise your skills and create professional networks   yourself on one platform. without having to do it on an individual case by case basis. I am starting to be converted to it's potential and I have several friends who have had jobs come to them via LinkedIN rather than them always having to go to the employer. Yes please to a bit more of that.


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    This site is a neat place to enter in your passions and interests and have the site generate potential job titles and occupations to sift through. You can use the results to find out what day to day tasks are involved in what jobs, what skills you need and what qulifications if any you need and where you can get them. Does anyone know any other good job sources that not many people know about?
    https://www.myfuture.edu.au/https://www.myfuture.edu.au/

    This site is a neat place to enter in your passions and interests and have the site generate potential job titles and occupations to sift through. You can use the results to find out what day to day tasks are involved in what jobs, what skills you need and what qulifications if any you need and where you can get them. Does anyone know any other good job sources that not many people know about?
    https://www.myfuture.edu.au/https://www.myfuture.edu.au/

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    Hello! I am looking for some advice for someone entering the workforce from studying at uni. I have low vision and want the transition to be smooth. What things would you advice me to do to prepare myself? Do I need to approach any potential workplace with information about JobAccess or would they already have access to that information? What else? 

    Thank you from an enthusiastic job-seeker. 

    Hello! I am looking for some advice for someone entering the workforce from studying at uni. I have low vision and want the transition to be smooth. What things would you advice me to do to prepare myself? Do I need to approach any potential workplace with information about JobAccess or would they already have access to that information? What else? 

    Thank you from an enthusiastic job-seeker. 

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    "Hello and welcome to the employment forum!  Prior to working for Vision Australia, I was employed for a number of years as a Recruiting Manager for a large federal government organisation, and as a Human Resources Manager for a global travel company.  In these positions I participated in many hundreds of interviews, recruiting to all sorts of roles, from apprentices and graduates through to senior positions. 

    So, through that experience, I picked up a thing or two about ways to increase your chances of getting a job and I thought I would share some tips on this forum.

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    "Hello and welcome to the employment forum!  Prior to working for Vision Australia, I was employed for a number of years as a Recruiting Manager for a large federal government organisation, and as a Human Resources Manager for a global travel company.  In these positions I participated in many hundreds of interviews, recruiting to all sorts of roles, from apprentices and graduates through to senior positions. 

    So, through that experience, I picked up a thing or two about ways to increase your chances of getting a job and I thought I would share some tips on this forum.

    1. If there is a contact person listed in the job advertisement, always make contact with them to find out more about the role.  Have your questions prepared before you make the call.  When calling ask the person if they can spare some time to have a short conversation about the role, then ask any questions you have, emphasise how interested you are in the position, in working for the organisation, and how and why you feel you would be a great fit for the role.  This creates a connection before shortlisting and interviews have occurred, and allows you to establish a relationship prior to interview.  You are showing you’re keen and motivated enough to make a call rather than just shooting off another application, which may be one of many.

    2. Where there is selection criteria provided for the role, always state your claims against these criteria in your application.

    3. Research, research, research.  I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to do as much research as you can on the organisation before preparing your application, and attending an interview.  Familiarise yourself with the organisation’s size, locations, strategic plan, key priorities, key functions, and anything new being trialled or introduced.  Once armed with this information, weave this knowledge into your application, and definitely drop your knowledge into your interview responses, or questions at the end of the interview.

    4. Dress to impress.  Ensure your interview outfit suits the culture of the organisation.  If you’re not sure, always err on the side of dressing up rather than dressing down. 

    5. Always have some questions up your sleeve to ask at the end of the interview.  By this I mean questions other than:  “When can I expect to hear about the outcome of my application”.  Many selection panels find the insights they glean from the questions applicants ask are more revealing than the applicant’s responses to the panel’s questions!

    6. Try to anticipate the panel’s questions, and have responses prepared.  It can be really useful to rehearse for an interview, and ask your family and friends to act as interviewers.

    7. Remember that almost every applicant is nervous at job interviews.  Sometimes, the interview panel is also nervous!  Try to prepare as much as you can – this will definitely help to leave a good impression.

    8. Check out the links on this page to Vision Australia’s pre-employment program, and employment services areas for personalised job seeking advice and skills.  "

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    Before I got work at Vision Australia I had gone through a few job agencies and five years of looking for work. To be honest, I had pretty bad experiences which didn't help my job hunt. I certainly learned what was useful and what wasn't, which I guess is a good thing, but just a shame sometimes the way we find these things out. 

    What are other peoples experiences in terms of agencies? Did they help? In what way did they help?

    Before I got work at Vision Australia I had gone through a few job agencies and five years of looking for work. To be honest, I had pretty bad experiences which didn't help my job hunt. I certainly learned what was useful and what wasn't, which I guess is a good thing, but just a shame sometimes the way we find these things out. 

    What are other peoples experiences in terms of agencies? Did they help? In what way did they help?

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    Are you starting out in your career?

    Have you completed study in the last four years?

    Would you benefit from a boost into the workforce?

    If you are blind or have low vision, you may be eligible for Vision Australia’s Career Start program.

    Vision Australia recognises that people who are blind or have low vision can face barriers when entering the workforce. You may have had fewer opportunities to gain work experience while studying, or faced uncertainty from potential employers about how you will do your job and...

    Are you starting out in your career?

    Have you completed study in the last four years?

    Would you benefit from a boost into the workforce?

    If you are blind or have low vision, you may be eligible for Vision Australia’s Career Start program.

    Vision Australia recognises that people who are blind or have low vision can face barriers when entering the workforce. You may have had fewer opportunities to gain work experience while studying, or faced uncertainty from potential employers about how you will do your job and what changes they need to make in the workplace.

    How can Career Start help you?

    Career Start is designed to provide experience in the workplace, allowing you to develop general workplace skills and practise skills specific to your qualification,develop a network of contacts, potential mentors and referees, determine your equipment needs in the workplace and demonstrate skills that can be reflected in your curriculum vitae.

    What does Career Start involve?

    Career Start is a 12-month program consisting of a nine-month paid placement within Vision Australia and a three-month paid placement with an external employer. The program commences in March 2018.

    Vision Australia will provide supervision and support during the nine-month internal placement, and will provide advice, information, mentoring and support to external agencies involved in the three-month external placement.

    The placement will include assessment of your equipment and technology needs in the workplace and you will be introduced to the range of services Vision Australia can provide to support you in starting your career.

    You will be provided with support to transition to ongoing employment at the conclusion of the 12-month program

    How do you apply for Career Start?

    To apply for Career Start please complete the online application using the following link - https://visionaustralia.mercury.com.au/ViewPosition.aspx?id=lVGPuo70+zU=&jbc=ere

    An interview and consultation process will match successful applicants with roles that are compatible with their qualifications, skills, interests, and career goals.

    Applications close Monday 18th December.

    For further information please email careerstart@visionaustralia.org






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  • Check out the Dandenong Building Stronger Futures program for Victorians taking place in July this year. There are places available if you want to sharpen your employment and job ready skills. Please see the full information in the file below and the details on how to get involved. Have you taken part in one of these programs already? How did you find it? Share your experience so others can get an idea of what it involves.


    Check out the Dandenong Building Stronger Futures program for Victorians taking place in July this year. There are places available if you want to sharpen your employment and job ready skills. Please see the full information in the file below and the details on how to get involved. Have you taken part in one of these programs already? How did you find it? Share your experience so others can get an idea of what it involves.


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