Turkey’s Changemakers: A portal overcoming the barriers: Engelsiz Kariyer
Sabancı Foundation Turkey’s Changemakers Program is continuing in its sixth season to share the unique stories of extraordinary people who contribute to social development. The seventh Changemaker of the sixth season is www.engelsizkariyer.com (career without barriers) under the leadership of Mehmet Kızıltaş.
Most of the 8.5 million people with disabilities living in Turkey cannot find a job just because they have some kind of a disability. Kızıltaş, who is aware of the obstacles to people with disabilities in terms of participating in employment, created the www.engelsizkariyer.com website in 2005. The website is Turkey’s first career and human resources portal for people with disabilities, which brings together people with disabilities looking for a job and employers looking for employees with disabilities. Engelsiz Kariyer aims to achieve more qualified employees with disabilities in work life.
Since 2008, trainings were provided to thousands of people with disabilities all around Turkey on “career days” with the leadership of Engelsiz Kariyer. There are around 7,000 CVs of people with disabilities in the database of the website as of January, 2015. Engelsizkariyer.com provides employment to tens of people with disabilities so that they can build a career.
www.engelsizkariyer.com website filled a gap in the world of people with disabilities. It tried to contribute to employment for people with disabilities, even in a minor way. The website not only provided jobs for people with disabilities , but also guided them to areas where they could build a career. This way, it created a big difference in the lives of people with disabilities, as well as the professional environment of companies.