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The five pillars of disability confidence

Author: Helen Cooke, CEO and Founder MyPlus.

Providing students with disabilities with careers advice can be taxing at best and nigh on impossible at times as we struggle to understand, and empathise with, the unique challenges they face as they search for disability confident employers and navigate the recruitment process.

Key challenges for students include, but are not limited to: how to position their disability positively, whether or not to inform an employer about their disability, what support and adjustments they can request, and how to account for differences in their application; differences such as lower grades or a lack of work experience. 

So how do you navigate these challenges and ensure that you are able to provide the expert and specialised careers advice that your students require?

It’s not easy however Universities have a collective responsibility to support all students as they transition from education into employment, and it will involve challenging people’s perceptions of what is possible.

Key is getting the individual fully involved in university life in order to develop employability skills. Employers look for much more than just good academics; they look for leadership skills, examples of initiative, people skills, and you can only develop these if you get fully involved in university life.

And secondly, there is building capability through the 5 Pillars of Disability Confidence:

  • Understanding the employment challenges facing students with disabilities.
  • My ‘Plus’: identifying your strengths to stand out from the crowd.
  • The benefits of being open and how to be open.
  • Applying for a job with a disability, and accounting for differences on your application.
  • And Requesting adjustments.

What can you do now?

Share practical advice with your students – content on MyPlus Students’ Club is freely available to download. Plan the ways in which you can share and promote this and other useful resources to your students with disabilities including signposting them to our free e.books which provide practical advice regards the key challenges.

Build your capability – join us on Tuesday 14th July for our next webinar ‘Bringing disability confidence to campus: getting started’. For more information please click the link below and to book please contact emma@myplusconsulting.com

Check out employers that we work with and their profiles at MyPlus Students’ Club for up to date information, contacts and advice from top disability confident employers. Please invite students to connect with employers for free by registering at MyPlus Students’ Club.

About MyPlus Universities Club

At MyPlus, our vision is to ensure that having a disability or long-term health condition doesn’t prevent anyone from having the career that they want to have.

MyPlus Universities Club offers university staff expert resources to support their students with disabilities as they transition from education into employment and enable them to realise new possibilities in the world of work.

 


 

What career support can you put in place for students with disabilities during lockdown?

Author: Emma Knox, University Partnerships and Marketing Manager

In a matter of weeks, the recruitment landscape has evolved beyond our wildest dreams. How best can we use the time to continue to support the 14% of students with disabilities in providing them with the tools and resources which will enable them to apply for jobs, internships, placements once the crisis has passed, or take advantage of the huge amount of volunteering opportunities which are currently available?

One of the main challenges for disabled students involves thinking about what ‘reasonable adjustments’ or support they will need in order to be able to access roles that they are more than capable of doing. Putting some thought into this now will yield dividends later as the more familiar a student is with discussing their requirements the easier it will become to articulate to employers down the track.

What can you do now?

Be proactive – download our detailed and practical eBook ‘Recruitment Process Adjustments’ which looks at the 5 most common questions surrounding accessing support:

  • What is an adjustment?
  • What adjustments do I need?
  • How can I request them?
  • Who do I contact about adjustments?
  • Who pays?

Communicate the information to students – this content is freely available to download. Plan the ways in which you can share and promote this and other useful resources to disabled students while they are self-isolating. Sign post them to our practical exercise on creating an Openness statement’ (also known as disclosure) which they can practice in the comfort of their own home and be ready to articulate to potential employers when normality resumes. Share on social media or via your career’s portal & newsletters.

Build your capability – join us on Thursday 30th April for our next webinar. For more information please click the link below and to book please contact emma@myplusconsulting.com

Accessing Support During the Recruitment Process: Level the Playing field

  • Understand the variety of support and adjustments employers can and do provide
  • Get insight into how the adjustment process works
  • Confidently advise students on how and when to request support
  • Signpost practical tools to support students during the application process 

Check out employers that we work with and their profiles at MyPlus Students’ Club for up to date information, contacts and advice from top disability confident employers. Please invite students to connect with employers for free by registering at MyPlus Students’ Club.

About MyPlus Universities Club

At MyPlus, our vision is to ensure that having a disability or long-term health condition doesn’t prevent anyone from having the career that they want to have.

MyPlus Universities Club offers university staff expert resources to support their students with disabilities as they transition from education into employment and enable them to realise new possibilities in the world of work.

“Connecting with recruiters that dealt with reasonable adjustments gave me the confidence to be open, it truly levelled the playing field.”

MyPlus Student Club Member

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