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In this section you can find all the advice and guidance you need as you apply for jobs and prepare for interviews.
In the Recruitment section there is a wealth of information about completing applications forms, online tests, and the various stages in the recruitment. Whilst the Disability section provides advice on how to manage your disability during the recruitment process including information on how to inform an employer of what you require and referring to your disability during an interview.
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This section profiles many individuals, working across different industries, at various stages of their careers. Their interviews demonstrate that is possible to have a successful career regardless of whether or not you have a disability. They also illustrate the adjustments that can be made in the workplace.
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Having studied law at university, becoming a solicitor was a natural path for me. Having graduated from the University of Leeds and completing the LPC, I qualified as a solicitor at a silver-circle law firm in London. As part of my training contract, I spent six months in the tax department where I gained exposure to a wide range of taxes, from FATCA to VAT. Given the experience that I received, I knew that tax is the area that I wanted to work in going forward.
With a view to augmenting my tax and finance knowledge, I was keen to undertake the CA and CTA qualifications. As a result, upon qualification, I accepted a position as Assistant Tax Advisor at EY in 2015. In addition to the CA and CTA qualifications, EY offers me the opportunity to work with the country’s leading tax advisors and internationally renowned clients. Furthermore, I am able to utilise my previously acquired legal experience and build on this with compliance and tax auditing experience.
The projects and clients that I have been involved with to date reinforces my decision to move into the Financial Services Tax Team at EY.
I am registered blind. This prevents me from being able to see my computer monitor or to read print. Ordinarily this would make every day office tasks such as responding to emails/printing quite difficult. However, upon commencing at EY, the firm purchased JAWS (screen reading software) for me to use. This simply reads out what is written on the screen and enables me to use my computer akin to any able bodied individual.
Additionally, I have the use of a personal assistant who assists me with every day office tasks such as printing, scanning, file creation and posting documents etc.
EY purchased JAWS for me to use and enabled me to have the use of a personal assistant (please see above for further detail). Overall, EY has enabled me to circumvent the obstacles that are posed by my disability to ensure that I can maximise my potential.
Be open and honest from the outset - honesty really is the best policy. Be very clear with your employer/prospective employer as to what you can do and what you find difficult. Only if they are made aware of this can they put reasonable adjustments in place to help negate the difficulties caused by your disability. Sometimes, the company to which you are applying may be experiencing a candidate with your particular disability for the first time. As a result, they may not be aware of certain information relating to your condition that you consider to be obvious.
I have acquired vital problem solving skills. At least once or twice a week I will encounter a difficulty in the workplace pertaining to my disability. As I am not aware of any other registered blind person within tax or EY, there is not a person that I can approach for advice. I have to devise practical solutions myself. Within any organisation or career, the ability to solve problems is a vital skill.
Assistant Tax Advisor
Year Joined / Path : 2015
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