If you’re recovering from a back injury, you are not alone. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) found that work related injuries in 2017-2018 were most commonly back injuries caused by lifting, pushing, pulling, or bending.

The ABS also found that for those who acquired a back injury, whether from work or from other circumstances, a significant percentage of people found it necessary to take time off of work, or even transition into a different career, as a result. If this sounds like you, and you’re wondering how to get a job with a back injury, we’ve put together a handy guide for you!

Reskilling Can Work Wonders

Oftentimes, people who are living with a back injury and cannot continue working in their current employment may need to focus on reskilling or learning new skills in order to transition into a new job that works for their condition without aggravating their injury further. Acquiring new skills and knowledge can be the right pathway to a meaningful career that gives you fulfillment and empowers you in your day-to-day life.

It’s important to take stock of your current skill set. Often, these skills can be transferable between industries, which can give you a good starting point for your new career. Keep an open mind, and consider lots of possible career paths: you never know which one might be the best fit for you!

Seek Out Support

When you’re reskilling and undergoing training for a new industry, it can be daunting trying to navigate it on your own. Your friends and family can be a great support system to keep you motivated and encouraged as you go through this process. Don’t forget there are services out there that are created specifically to provide comprehensive support to individuals like you to help you come back into the workforce after an injury.

For example, when you visit Centrelink for an employment assessment, and are found eligible for the Disability Employment Services (DES) Program, you can be referred to a DES provider that’s near you. You can also register with a local DES program provider yourself!

What Disability Employment Service program providers do is help you through the job process by working with you to find the right training for your interests and skills, they also by helping you to search jobs suitable for your circumstances. This can include writing resumes, cover letters, and job applications, as well as providing valuable coaching to help with job interviews.

Disability Employment Service program providers also help with providing work placement opportunities, meeting local employers, as well as transport, tools, and uniform costs. You’ll also get access to job-specific training, which means that you’ll be industry ready, too.

Wanting better support as you make your way towards getting back into the workforce?

Make use of a Disability Employment Services program to help you find meaningful employment. Through the program, you’ll get comprehensive support throughout the job search process and as you start your new role, helping you to get the flexible work arrangements you may need to fit your path to recovery.