For many disabled graduates, starting a full-time job can be very daunting. To help, here are 5 things you can do before you start to make a good first impression. Prior to starting- 1) Connect with new colleagues on LinkedIn before you start. Send a personalised invite saying that you’re excited to work there with… Read More Making a good first impression – 5 things you can do before you start work
Sometimes it can be difficult to know how to approach discussing reasonable adjustments with a new employer if you potentially need regular time off due to disability. Flexible Working If your employer knows that you are disabled, flexible working patterns could count as a reasonable adjustment under the Equality Act 2010. Flexible working means arranging… Read More 3 things to know for taking time off work due to disability
Recently, I went to a day-long neurodiversity seminar. Here are 3 things that particularly stuck in my mind… 1. What does it say on the label? Neurodiversity is a term that has gained wider usage since its beginnings in the late 1990s. Neurodivergence is typically experienced on a spectrum; forms include ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia,… Read More A quick post on neurodiversity
If circumstances mean you don’t graduate with the grade you wanted, there are lots of reasons to be optimistic about your career prospects – Graduate schemes requiring at least a 2:1 actually represent a small amount of graduate labour market. Most employers are more flexible. If a 2:1 is needed for a specific industry, research… Read More Worried about getting a good job if you didn’t secure a 2:1?
Asking for adjustments in the work place can be difficult, especially if you are unsure of exactly what to ask for. This article hopes to address this, and is split into two parts- Firstly, answers to the question ‘What are some of the best things you’ve seen employers do to support staff experiencing mental health… Read More What can companies do to support new staff who experience mental health challenges?
If you experience social anxiety, attending a formal job interview with strangers may be something you really don’t look forward to. Beyond the essential steps of researching the employer, thinking about questions you might get asked, working with your careers service and so on, below are some excerpts of advice to help with this. Claire… Read More Social anxiety and job interviews
I asked several experts to share their answers to the question – “What’s the best piece of advice you would give to a student with mental health challenges who is looking for employment?” We’re very lucky that people gave up their time to help out, and here are their answers: Nick Elston “Avoid assumption. We… Read More Job searching advice for students experiencing mental health challenges