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Changing careers following a work-related injury

On Behalf of | Oct 20, 2020 | Workers' Compensation |

Are you dealing with a work-related injury? You may qualify for help from Minnesota’s workers’ compensation system. 

If you have a permanent disability because of a work-related injury, you may be unable to return to your previous position. Your employer may be able to modify your duties or offer you a different position. If that is not possible, your workers’ compensation claim may include vocational assistance. Here is what you need to know. 

What services are available?

In a vocational rehabilitation program, you work with your employer and a qualified rehabilitation consultant to find a new job. Your new line of work can be in a different industry. It may even be the start of a new career. 

Vocational rehabilitation typically begins with vocational counseling. You and your rehabilitation consultant discuss your career goals. You then review your education and experience to determine which of your job skills are easily transferable to other jobs. You may be able to enter the workforce after a brief period of job-seeking time. Job placement services are available. 

What if I need retraining?

Not all job skills transfer directly to another line of work. You may require a period of formal retraining. You may receive financial assistance to help you earn a college degree. Alternatively, you may choose a training program that leads to a professional license or certificate. In certain circumstances, you may participate in a customized employment program tailored to meet your needs. 

No one wants to experience a work-related injury. However, with the right services, an unfortunate incident may lead to a bright new career.