Guest blog: Great With Disability Jan 2016

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With the second semester underway, you may now be preparing for interviews or applying for summer internships. www.greatwithdisability.com is a really useful resource for students with disabilities and long-term health conditions. You’ll find advice on topics such as how to inform an employer about your disability, requesting adjustments during the recruitment process, and explaining mitigating circumstances.

Our regularly updated News section provides unique insights from employers, disabled individuals working with a disability, students and recent graduates. Popular article topics include Living and Working with Depression; a Law student shares his coping strategies, Working with an Invisible Illness; a Graduate Management Trainee provides her top tips for managing an invisible illness at work, and Asperger’s Graduates: 10 Things You Need to Know; a recent graduate offers his advice for navigating the recruitment process with AS.

If you’re interested in gaining a genuine insight into what it would be like to work for an organisation, our case studies profile disabled employees enjoying successful careers. Examples include a Teach First Selection Manager with a learning disability, who outlines the support made available by her employer to enable her to excel in her career; a Trainee Solicitor at Ashurst with a visual impairment, who talks about changing his career path after losing his sight at 18 and a Consultant IT Adviser at EY with Cerebal Palsy, who describes how his summer internship at EY led to a permanent position.

So if you consider yourself to have a disability or a long-term health condition and are ambitious about your future, join the GWD community at http://www.greatwithdisability.com/login

 Guest blog by Hannah Birkett from Great With Disability