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University is an education in the broadest sense. Our University section will enable you to make the most of your time at University and take advantage of all of the opportunities available to you.
Making the most of your time at University
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.
Managing Your Disability
The Organisations section is where you can find out about various organisations, the opportunities they offer and their individual approach to disability.
Profiles / Stories
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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When completing a CV or application form exactly the same principles apply for disabled applicants as they do for those without a disability. However, the difference is that you may need to explain certain elements of your application that relate specifically to your disability e.g. a gap in your education, lower academics or a lack of work experience.
By being open and honest from the beginning you will find it easier to request any support or adjustments you may need later in the recruitment process.
How you decide to account for the gap in your application is a personal decision - you need to decide how you are most comfortable doing this.
When screening your application form, employers will take genuine mitigating circumstances relating to your disability into consideration. However, you need to be very clear that it is due to your disability.
As with Accounting for gaps in your education there are various different stages where you can explain your mitigating circumstances.
Keep what you say brief and to the point whilst ensuring you provide sufficient information for the employer to understand the situation
If you have never previously worked, it is only natural that an employer may have concerns about your ability to do so. If you have work experience it will be much easier for you to address your employer's apprehensions.
Drawing on your disability to demonstrate your strengths may be the most effective way of demonstrating what is being assessed. Remember to draw upon a wide variety of examples to answer questions to demonstrate your range of experience.
Always ensure your application is relevant, accurate, concise and tailored.
Be open about the impact of your disability on your application or you may be unnecessarily rejected.