A few days ago

Underacheiving on the job and learning disabilities.?

I know I asked this question already and got an answer that my first job was not a good match.

I was fired for being slow and I was trying to do my best.My question is when you are 19 years old

and no work experience what other jobs are there

other than restaurant work and fast food work?

It seems to me these places are desperate for

help that they will take you with no experience.

What else was there at 19 years old and no


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My suggestion to you is to contact the State Department of Rehab Services. They will send you to a school that is operated by the state government strictly to train the disabled citizens that has no work experience. How the system works is that the center would spend about 2-3 weeks evaluating your skills and determine where your strengths are. They will place you in a course that will circle around your strengths.

Word of caution, don’t let them try to talk you in taking bullsh*t classes like janitor or groundskeeping. They will if you let them or if your evaluation is subpar. They do have classes in business, drafting, and computers; however. Aim for either one of these.

When I attended Woodrow Wilson Rehab Center, located in Virginia, back in 1990 and just like you I was only 19 years old at the time when I attended W.W.R.C. My disability at the time included a learning disability and seizure disorder.

Prior to attending W.W.R.C. I was nothing more than a lowly dishwasher at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. I took courses in computers and electronics. 17 years later I’m due to start Va. Tech with the idea of earning dual degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering. I currently work as a field engineer through a temp. agency where I would go to different car dealerships and upgrade their computers.

If you was to decide to be trained through the state rehab services, with the newly learned skill that you have obtained go back to college, built up on your skills that you have learned through the state rehab services, and earn your Bachelor’s Degree. A Bachelor’s Degree is a necessity in today’s job market.

You can, and will, earn your Bachelor’s Degree. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Just got to believe in yourself.

Good luck.


A few days ago
Even though it STINKS, there are jobs out there that you can do! You need to match your interests. If you KNOW you cannot add, then it isn’t right to think that you can be an accountant, but then what CAN you do?

What are your interests?

Have you thought about volunteering at a place that you would like to work?

Is there a community college close? They are great and often have support for people with learning (and other) disabilities.

Anyone in your neighborhood do the kind of jobs you like? Can they get you an interview?

Some placement services (such as the local ones here in MN….Prostaff, Kelly, TopStaff) where they are looking FOR EMPLOYEES to match them to the best JOBS, do aptitude tests and can help narrow down your interests and strengths.

If you have a legitimate learning disability, the employers CANNOT DISCRIMINATE against you under the eeoc laws.



A few days ago
When I was 19 some of the jobs I had were working at the parks and rec day camp, working in retail Macy’s and target these were before I had any real work experience. If there is a big mall near you and a favorite store you love that might be a good match of a place to work.

A few days ago
i agree with production work. start off in a factory. you may feel that the position is lowly, but if you learn you job well and work hard, you will be promoted and can slowing climb the chain. something else you may want to look into – if you can operate a computer and learn a little about connecting wires to speakers and a mixing board, you could easily be a DJ. it’s fun and pays well… but be prepared to work nights!

if you like kids, apply for one-on-one aid positions at schools. there are never enough aids. you will need a paraprofessional certificate, that the school should pay for. some states require a certain number of college credits… but they can be in any area.


A few days ago
One thing you could try for is simple production work.

This might vary from packing things in boxes, or picking orders at a large store. Though these are simple, they will usually allow people working there to try and gain experience in “higher up” tasks, but this after you have been working there a while.

It will require some patience from both you and the employer.

Good luck.