At school and university, it took me a bit longer to understand things; I had to study harder and put in more hours. It’s only recently that I found out I have a learning difficulty. But by constantly putting so much effort into my studies, I grew an unshakeable work ethic – something that’s invaluable for my career at Barclays. I push myself every day, tick off all my objectives, and take on more responsibility wherever I can.
It’s an attitude that’s also helped me gain professional qualifications. The course modules are packed with content and it takes a lot of personal dedication to see it all through. Because I’m used to studying hard, the commitment needed wasn’t a shock to the system. It came naturally.
For me, the next challenge at Barclays is to work smarter rather than harder: things like using Excel skills to speed up processes, or figuring out a way to get to grips with large amounts of material in a short space of time. It’s these time management skills that are so important, especially when you’re balancing work, study and home life.
My advice for students with a disability going through the application process?
Try to be as open as possible. I recommend you let the company know that you will require additional time or certain adjustments before the online tests, video interviews or assessment centres. Many positions are taken up on a rolling basis so this way, you can focus on giving it your all and performing to the best of your ability without any time delays.
Another tip: Make sure any required reports or evidence of disability are up to date and ready to send to anyone who needs them; it’ll keep the application process moving along swiftly.
Looking forward, if you land the role – and only if you feel comfortable – tell your line manager or team about your disability. They’ll then be able to fully understand your needs on a day-to-day basis, and make sure any workplace adjustments are in place for you. Ultimately, it means you can get on with what you’re there to do, with every bit of support you need.
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