4 Essential Business Career Tips for Neurodivergent Individuals

Updated: Nov 4

By Ed Carter, founder of AbleFutures.org

Starting a career in business is the perfect option for many individuals who are living with disabilities because it allows for upward movement into managerial positions while also offering opportunities for those who are neurodivergent or have physical impairments. There are several different areas of business to choose from, but there are a few important steps you’ll want to take before you jump in, such as looking at various degree requirements to see which one is right for you and finding support and resources from organizations like NeurodiverCity. You might even be interested in starting your own business; here are some suggestions to help you choose the right path for you.

Research degrees

Not all degrees are created equal, and some of them are better suited to your needs and goals than others, so it’s essential to do a little research on the requirements, find out which ones are the most lucrative, and plan as much as possible for your school experience. Typically, the degrees that lead to the highest earnings are in the areas of business administration, marketing, and finance. If you’re interested in branching out on your own and starting a consulting business after graduation, consider pursuing a degree in IT. Information technology, data analytics, cyber security, software development, and cloud computing are just a few of the programs you can choose from, and you can do it all from the comfort of your own home by utilizing online classes.

Build your network

As you go through school—and even after graduation—it’s important to look for ways to build and grow your network, since this will help you make helpful connections that will come in handy when it’s time to look for an internship or job. Keep an eye out for social events, online gatherings, and opportunities that will allow you to meet new people. If these events cause you anxiety, try practicing some mindfulness methods beforehand so you can focus on your goals. Put your phone away, and, if possible, go with a friend in order to help ease any feelings of awkwardness.