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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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It’s always great to hear from those who have been successful.
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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In 2014 I graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, with a degree in Geography, Politics and International Relations. During my final year, I'd applied for the Civil Service Fast Stream, as I wanted to be a diplomat, and that's the way in! I was also drawn by the variety of experience and responsibility available. I wasn't successful in achieving a place on the Diplomatic Fast Stream however I was successful in becoming a Generalist; this means that I'm experiencing so many departments in a short space of time.
I have Asperger Syndrome, and I am very sensitive to light. I use a screen filter to adjust the colour of the screen, as well as changing the colour's in my computer profile. I also use tinted paper- several people have commented that they're jealous of my lilac paper! Additionally, too many phone calls or emails can make me anxious, so I intersperse these with other work.
Being understanding and acknowledging when a potential task is far from my comfort and ability zone. The fact I can use my headphones to limit and control my sensory input is really helpful too. I'm also very outgoing and an extrovert (though I struggle with social skills), so having colleagues who are willing to be chatty and supportive is wonderful.
I've been really impressed, particularly by the gender and racial/ethnic diversity of the Civil Service, as well as by the support available to all groups. I've only had positive reactions, so I've been happy to be open about my (invisible) disability to several colleagues. There's also a strong movement working to support those with mental illnesses across the Civil Service, which is incredibly gratifying.
Work out what you need as quickly as possible, then organise a DSE (Display Screen Equipment) assessment and Ability passport, which is a document that details the adjustments you need. This way you can make sure everything is in place for when items need re-ordering or you change department. It can be a little slow to order items, so request them well in advance of needing them.
Also, be confident to be open about your disability to your line manager - it can be intimidating, however they can't help if they don't know that you need help.
Fast Stream Trainee - currently Customer Strategy Advisor
Degree / Previous: Geography, Politics & International Relations
Year Joined / Path : 2014
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