Surviving a traumatic accident can impact your life in many ways including your relationships, your personality and your career. Acclimating to a TBI and learning about how to manage your injuries will look different depending on the severity of your accident and other factors including your age and health.
As you prepare to return to work, vocational therapy can help you strengthen your skills and navigate the complexities of working with a TBI.
Strengthening your skills
Depending on how long you did not work and the impact of your injuries, you will need to reevaluate your skills. You may find that tasks that used to seem easy are now more difficult. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, vocational counseling can help you identify potential challenges you may encounter as a result of your TBI.
You can have help with identifying your strengths and determining your ability to complete certain tasks. A counselor can help you find career options that provide the flexibility and support you need to have a successful career despite your TBI.
Improving your condition
Reentering the workforce may seem intimidating at first, but with the ongoing support of your employer and other rehabilitative resources, your return can bring motivation and satisfaction. Having a bit of responsibility and experiencing the pride that comes with participating in a task can provide encouragement.
Getting comfortable with your new job does not mean you cannot continue to improve. As you adjust to your responsibilities, you may find that with time and consistent support, you can strengthen your skills and increase your potential to excel in your career.