Matt Short works as a Trainee Solicitor with Allen & Overy and discovered an interest in law at a fairly young age. After undergoing a leg amputation at 17, Matt decided that a career in law was still possible to pursue despite his disability and he was offered a training contract with Allen & Overy after completing a vacation scheme. Matt believes his disability gives him a unique perspective, enabling him to bring a different viewpoint to the table when his firm is working on a deal. Ultimately, Matt encourages all those with a disability to be up front and open when pursuing their career of choice.
Darcy Werner is visually impaired and is a graduate on GSK’s Future Leaders Programme. Darcy is a competitive ski racer and is classified as a visually impaired athlete with the British Paralympic Association. Darcy first applied for an internship at GSK, and then their graduate programme. In order to be her best self, Darcy was open about the challenges she faces and the adjustments she would require through the recruitment process and in the workplace, her openness was met with positivity and proactivity. Darcy’s top tip is not to be afraid to ask for help, own your impairment or disability and assert your needs.
Matthew Hands is a Graduate Associate, Technology with Morgan Stanley. Matt’s enjoyment of working in Tech started when he was using computers as a child. Matt was open out his hemiplegia from the very start, and in fact, used his disability to promote himself on his CV as an ‘out of box’ thinker. His hemiplegia has given him the ability to tackle any task one-handed, and always finds innovative ways to do things. His advice is to be open and honest about your disability and to be realistic about the impact this has on your work life, and the workload you take on. Matt recommends Morgan Stanley as a disability confident employer, they have a positive approach to disability and recognise the diverse and unique skillset that this talent pool can bring to the workplace.