Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, January 31, 2014
The most important thing is to be honest. More often than not, candidates get burned by not disclosing their full employment history. I would explain that in your previous position you were injured and became physically unable to perform that job. Spin it positively by stating that the situation opened up an opportunity for you further your education in the hopes of taking your career in another direction. Share your desire to get into the field that you are interested in and that during the time off, you went back to school to position yourself to do so. Remember, you cannot be discriminated against because of a physical disability.