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Ornith

214d

What employment have you found as a person with POTS? I routinely pass out within 20 minutes of standing up and I haven't found a job that is willing to accommodate that. I have a bachelor's degree in computer science, so that theoretically should give me more options. However, I don't have enough experience for a mid-level position and it's rare that I find entry level jobs. I'm looking for any job that I can do to earn money while waiting for jobs in my field to open. I have been unemployed for 10 months now and have been receiving job development services from the Department for Vocational Rehabilitation since early 2022. Any ideas?

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    • 55isMe

      210d

      @Ornith keep trying. I know that my company isnt hiring, but had troubles finding Junior level developers. They resorting to hiring foreign talent. Great developers, but a lot of employment hoops that they would have preferred avoiding.

    • 55isMe

      211d

      I am in IT. Typically my jobs are as developer. Web development for the last 20 years. When i got POTz, i switched tk working from home under ADA. Why do you think you cant get a remote job. Nowadays a bachelors in CS is more than adequate. Meanwhile check out slme jobbing websites like indeed.com and Dice.come

      • Ornith

        211d

        @55isMe I've been applying to anywhere from 4 to 15 remote jobs a week through Indeed, LinkedIn, and Dice since December with no luck. The job counselors I've talked to say that it's almost impossible to get a CS job without at least 3 years of experience right now.

        • 55isMe

          210d

          @Ornith keep trying. I know that my company isnt hiring, but had troubles finding Junior level developers. They resorting to hiring foreign talent. Great developers, but a lot of employment hoops that they would have preferred avoiding.

    • StressBear

      213d

      Job recommendations: Drive through worker/ fast food (can most of the time request a stool to sit at to take orders) Some warehouse jobs Secretary/receptionist work Personal assistant(depending on what they need) I hope you can find a CS job, as I know how hard it is to find engineering jobs right now.

    • Toff

      214d

      Have you looked at jobs that require you to work from home or only need you to come in occasionally? Computer science seems like a career that should have online/work-from-home careers but I’m not too familiar with the area tbh! I don’t know jobs within your field, but I did this with Data-entry. However, instead of finding a job that fits your disability’s needs first and your wants second, it’s important that you find a job that suits you as an individual and that you want to do; maybe even, think about your career. Then, think about requesting and receiving your accommodations. You should be happy doing a job you enjoy and want to continue doing, not having to worry about receiving the proper accommodations. If you are in the US, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, guarantee you “reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations.” From my understanding, short breaks or whatever accommodation you require to lessen symptoms should not be unreasonable, in most scenarios. It says that “unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer's business, ” so with that in in mind, just avoid jobs that require you get up and down a lot (ie, mechanic requires you to get up and down a lot so avoiding this trigger would be unreasonable.) Possibly, apply to jobs explicitly stating your disability and needed accommodations before or during the hiring process to ensure the company is able to work within your accommodations. If you’re unsure about how to approach it, look for a disability advocate or even a lawyer in your area that may be willing to help you with the laws surrounding disability and possibly represent you if needed, to ensure your right for accommodations as a disabled person. Many advocates work for non-profit organizations and you may have a specific local disability advocacy organization in your state or region. I know this is probably not the answer you were looking for and isn’t any specific job but I hope it’s still somewhat useful on your quest for a job! Good luck!

    • Alyss

      214d

      Can you sit up for any length of time longer? If so, you could get a doctor to prescribe you a wheelchair. That might help with jobs because they wouldn't have to provide you with a chair, and it would be more obvious they're descriminating. The only other advice I can think of is to try to find call center work because then at least you can be laying down while answering phones/emails/messages.

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Some people with POTS have found jobs that allow for plenty of sitting time, such as working on a computer, organizing, or documenting. Data entry jobs could be a good fit since they typically involve sitting at a desk and typing. Working remotely could also be an option. Some individuals have managed to work full-time from home, although it can be challenging. It's important to find a job that is willing to accommodate your needs, such as allowing you to check your heart rate frequently and sit when needed.

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