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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 I started applying for graduate jobs back in the early 90s, it didn?t cross my mind that my being in a wheelchair may hold me back. I am not sure if this was me being over confident, or terribly naïve, however I just got on with applying to 8 blue chip employers who offered graduate management training programmes.
The one thing I do recall, however, was being concerned about whether I should be open about my disability. I couldn?t ?hide? my wheelchair once I got to the interview however, if I ticked the ?disability box? on the application form, would I even get to the interview? There was no advice available and I didn?t know who to turn to to discuss such matters with. I ended up ticking the box.
I will never know how much my disability had an impact on the interviews I was offered, the rejections I received and the eventual job offer from Marks & Spencer who were, at the time, ranked 3rd in the Times Top 100 list of top graduate employers. I have gone on to have a hugely enjoyable career. After spending 3 ½ years with M&S I moved to Mars and the wonderful world of chocolate. It was here that I cut out a career in HR including becoming involved in Mars? graduate recruitment and graduate development programmes. Not only did it ignite my passion regards graduate recruitment, it also gave me the grounding I required to set up my business.
In 2006 I founded MyPlus Consulting to work with employers to help them to progress their disability agenda. The majority of work was focused on recruitment, and specifically graduate recruitment. 2010 saw the launch of OPEN, a careers event for disabled undergraduates interested in a career in law. Getting In followed in 2011, a similar event focused on investment banking, and in 2013 Great Opportunities was launched for sixth formers.