Sarah Blake LaRose (3kitties) wrote,
Sarah Blake LaRose

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quiz and ramblings on careers

Your Career Type: Social

You are helpful, friendly, and trustworthy.
Your talents lie in teaching, nursing, giving information, and solving social problems.

You would make an excellent:

Counselor - Dental Hygienist - Librarian
Nurse - Parole Officer - Personal Trainer
Physical Therapist - Social Worker - Teacher

The worst career options for your are realistic careers, like truck driver or farmer.

I had difficulty deciding on a few of these questions, so I went back and took it again and modified the two that gave me the most difficulty. I think the second result is a better fit for me.

Your Career Type: Artistic

You are expressive, original, and independent.
Your talents lie in your artistic abilities: creative writing, drama, crafts, music, or art.

You would make an excellent:

Actor - Art Teacher - Book Editor
Clothes Designer - Comedian - Composer
Dancer - DJ - Graphic Designer
Illustrator - Musician - Sculptor

The worst career options for your are conventional careers, like bank teller or secretary.

The concept of "employment" has been the bane of my existence since 1998. I've been reading Rod Michalko's book, The Difference Disability Makes. He proposes the idea that the identities of people with disabilities are constructed by society and that we step into them. He goes on to suggest that the person-first movement represents an attempt by people with disabilities to in some way claim their own identity, to "choose disability" and reject the idea that we must be "fixed" or "rehabilitated."

At first, I thought that this theory was ludicrous. But I think that was my own denial, the part of me that has been conditioned to fit into my "ready-made identity" railing against the concept of something different which would bring me into conflict with most of society. But I've written in other places about how since my childhood there was never any question that I would go to college, raise a family, live independently, etc. My identity was made for me by society. It was not a negative identity; but it was still ready-made, and I have been experiencing discord inside myself as I have attempted to come to terms both with barriers to accomplishing those goals that were set before me and with the fact that I have made other choices over time that require me to step away from that traditional identity that society held out for me. I have come up against criticism from the blindness community, myself, and sometimes from others. Sometimes that criticism may be heightened by the very fact that I appear to be at odds with my situation.

If I was sighted and I was a missionary or a struggling artist, very few people would question my lifestyle--I would be supported by donations from churches or else I would live with a roommate or maybe even in some other questionable situation which would be considered worth enduring because I was working toward a goal and endeavoring to be in the right places at the right times. However, because I am blind and I am supported partially by government funds, there are a number of people in the world (particularly associated with the blindness community) who view my lifestyle as negative. In all of my discussions with missionaries, struggling musicians and writers, and people who are otherwise self-employed, financial hardship is normal. In fact, many of the people who benefit from the volunteer writing and peer counseling I do have encouraged me to view my government benefits as deserved support because of what I give back to the community via volunteer work. In my heart, I am not at odds with myself any longer over my choices, although I would prefer to be paid through a nonprofit organization rather than through government benefits. I am aware that I am doing the things that fit me best: providing care for children part time to increase my regular income while I work toward the release of the CD and publication of writing projects that will bring in additional income, accepting speaking and singing engagements as they come and working to build a reasonable schedule of events... What I need to work toward now is confidence in presenting myself and my chosen "employment" in my discussions. I am still disturbed by the statistics regarding unemployment of people who are blind, and I don't really know how I fit into them. When a person chooses a nontraditional means of employment and willingly accepts a lowered standard of living because other priorities drive the choice, how does this affect the statistics? When a person has disabilities that limit the number of hours she can work on a regular basis or necessitate variable hours which prevent working at a standard job, how does this affect the statistics? It still disturbs me, and I haven't been able to untangle myself from the "community identity" of blindness yet. I think on some level I feel guilty for not playing my part in alleviating those statistics; but it is abuse of myself to try to do something I can't do simply to change the statistics--and what for? Simply to create an identity that some other child will be expected to walk into someday without the freedom to choose what is best for her individual personality and abilities? I think it would be wrong for me to do this.


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