Career options are infinite

By Chelsey Zumpano

People say because we’re visionally impaired that there’s a limit to what we can do for a job and I’m here to prove those people wrong because we can do anything we set our minds to!

Now you might be wondering what I want to do? Well, you see the thing is I don’t know, so I’m going to make a pros and cons list.

Author: Now this is something I 100% know i want to do!


1. I will get to do something I love

2. I will get to write what I want

3. I get to educate people in another way because most definitely I will have a character who is visionally impaired

4. do work from anywhere

5. pick my own hours

6. being able to travel without having to use up sick days

7. being able to learn new things just for the sake of a character

8. no one telling me how to do my job

9. getting to use all my favorite trobes

10. using my imagination


1. I would have to have another job to support myself

Braille Transcriber: if you saw my Facebook post a long while back, I posted a link to a braille transcribing course from the National Federation of the Blind and I finally started taking classes yesterday, (just because I haven’t had



1. I get to be surrounded by books all day

2. improving my braille skills

3. finding new books as i braille

4. using my new braillenote to read the lessons


1. proofreading

2. The lessons are only in a digital format and voiceover won’t read if things are capitalized or punctuation

Journalist: I thought this would be an awesome job after watching the TV show ‘The Bold Type.’


1. become better at interviewing

2. becoming more comfident in social situations

3. getting to meet lots of different people from different walks of life

4. letting people’s voices be heard


1. I wouldn’t really get to choose what to write

2. I wouldn’t get to pick my own hours and this would be a challenge because my eyes don’t like the early morning, (so things after 10 AM. are better).

occupational Therapi Aassistant and teacher of the visionally impaired: I’ve mentioned O.T. a few times and I really first thought about doing this after watching ‘FatheringAutism‘ a family vlogging YouTube Channel that educates people about their daughter with autism. Bing a teacher vthe visionally impaired is a new thing that I’ve been thinking about.


1. I get to help people

2. I get to learn about different disabilities and the different ways people do things

3. working with kids

4. I get to help kids like me

5. get to show kids that they can do anything


1. I don’t get to pick my own hours

2. have to be around people all day five days a week, (because socializing is sometimes overwhelming and draining for me).

Guide dog/basic obedience dog trainer: i’ve always wanted to work with animals and when I was younger I wanted to be a vet, but I don’t think I can handle that anymore…


1. I get to be around dogs all day

2. being around animals helps calm me and lessons my anxiety

3. I get to show people that just because your visionally impaired doesn’t mean you can’t train dogs

4. in the case of guide dogs I would get to help people become more independent

5. get to play with dogs when I’m not working

6. having my own business

7. getting to take classes part online and part hands on


1. The closest guide dog school is in San Rafael California and I would have to live there when I apprenticeship

2. the school I want to go through for basic obedience does not take financial Aide

Public speeking; I want to take animals that have disabilities to schools to show kids that animals can have disabilities just like them!


1. helping kids to not feel alone

2. working with animals

3. giving the animals a voice

4. having lots of animals

5. getting to travel different places


1. I’m not good at projecting my voice

2. vet bills

Animal assisted therapy: I can do this while being an occupational therapist, teacher, or really anything I listed above.


1. getting to make people’s day just a little bit better

2. being around animals3. having another dog to hang out with


1. waiting to save up enough money to get a dog

As you can see all the jobs I want to do are because I want to make a difference and do something I love. I don’t really care how much money I’m getting paid.

Society makes it seem like we have to be doing a job that makes millions of dollars or that we have to be doing something at a certain age.

That is not oKay!

WE should be able to do whatever we want, when we want to do it!

I want to do all those careers because I want to do something more with my life, (not because society told me I had to)!

After all that you’re probably wondering what career I chose?

Definitely leaning towards becoming a dog trainer, journalist, animal assisted therapist, public speaker, and Braille transcriber. Yeah that’s a lot of things, but I probably won’t do all of those, but it doesn’t mean I can’t take classes towards doing those things and it’s good to have your options open.

I’m just going to go where the wind takes me.

Comment down below what you want to do for a job.

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