Looking for work
Looking for work can be hard, and even more so when you have macular disease. It is difficult to know where to start and what kind of work to look for. In this section you will find several videos which will help address some of your concerns.
What kind of work can I do?
The job market is open to people with sight loss, but having macular disease will restrict the kind of work you are able to do. Some jobs will not be possible to do with sight loss. However, there is plenty of scope and with the technology available today, there are many opportunities for people with sight loss. If you have the right skills and relevant experience for a role, sight loss may be less of a barrier.
Think about the kind of things you enjoy doing or are skilled at, as this may help you identify the kind of work you can do despite having macular disease. It is best not to waste time applying for work that you are unable to do due to your macular disease, as this can be demoralising and demotivating.
You may have studied in college or at university, or worked in the past so you have skills that potential employers may want or need. Understanding how to sell yourself as a potential employee is important for anybody looking for work. This is especially so if you have sight loss, and making yourself stand out with relevant experience will help you with finding employment. One of the ways to give yourself relatable experience is through voluntary work.
For more information about volunteering and how it can lead to full time employment, please see our Volunteering and job seeking page.
Writing a CV
Having a well-written Curriculum Vitae (CV) is very important for employed people and those looking for work. Having an up-to-date CV will make it easier to look and apply for work.
We discuss in this video how to write an effective CV and things to consider when using your CV to apply for work.
How do I tell my potential employer about my macular disease?
This video explores how to let your potential employer know about your sight loss so they know what support you may need before and during your interview.
The Macular Society Working Age and Young People’s Service can offer support and direct you to local services which can help you to find work.
Have a look at our series of videos on employment on our YouTube channel.
To contact the Working Age and Young People’s service, call 0300 3030 111. If you want to talk to other people with macular disease about their experiences of looking for work, join our Facebook Group.