Disability and your career
From Greg Stewart
The Careers Service offers support to all students during their time at university and for up to 3 years after graduation and this covers a wide range of careers related issues.
Disabled and dyslexic students and those with mental health issues or medical conditions, may currently benefit from additional support whilst at university, to ensure that you are fully able to engage with your studies.
However – there may be certain factors which concern you about your transition into graduate employment or postgraduate study. Common queries include:
Should I disclose my disability / dyslexia / health issues when making applications?
What ‘reasonable adjustments’ can I expect at interview and in the workplace?
How do I research ‘Disability Positive’ employers?
Am I covered under the Equality Act 2010?
What impact (if any) might my disability / dyslexia / health conditions have upon my future career plans?
What additional support is available to me if I want to undertake a work placement?
These are all issues which careers Service staff can discuss with you confidentially.
A good place to start is to refer our website, which provides answers to a range of disability related FAQs, as well as links to further resources:
You might also like to watch some of the video clips on ‘Get that job’, which includes input from employers, careers advisors, graduates and students on topics such as disclosure, positive self-marketing and job search.
To arrange a confidential appointment with a member of the Careers Service to discuss your future career plans or for advice on finding well supported work placements or graduate employment, contact the Careers Service on 0114 222 0910 or email us on [email protected]
The Careers Service is accessible via a stair lift, for those with mobility issues. Alternatively discussions can be conducted by telephone or SKYPE, or at a more convenient location on the university campus.