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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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"?I didn’t know I had dyslexia until very recently. During my first year at university, no matter how hard I tried, I found it difficult to work as quickly or as clearly as my course mates. It was har...
?Steve Bone is a Careers Consultant at Leeds University, he supports students applying for graduate opportunities and advises his careers colleagues on inclusivity. In this blog, he highlights observa...
As time passed, I continued to attend once a month. Then, in July, the founder announced he was moving to Spain in order to enjoy some well-earned time in the sun. He admitted that someone would need ...
Today I want to share some thoughts on how to position a disability or health condition when entering work. Whilst our universities get us work-ready, no one discusses how to address our disability wi...
I am proud of my successes because of the way that I have had to overcome numerous challenges to achieve them. I have also realised that my Dyslexia has given me many beneficial characteristics, such ...
“Disability” is not necessarily synonymous with “obvious”. Wheelchairs may be unmistakeable indicators that their occupants experience difficulty with mobility, but there are many disabilities that a...
"I would be lying if I said that my lack of social skills stemming from my Autism have never been a problem. I am very lucky to have made some wonderful friends- but it can still be hard talking to pe...
When you think of a “successful person with a disability” you probably think first of a Paralympian and not of a lawyer. What is needed to be a lawyer is the ability to listen, analyse and advise. Of ...
?“My dyslexia is, mostly, invisible. That is because I work incredibly hard in order to compensate for it and therefore make it so. It is through my dyslexia that I have found ways to work more effici...
I have found that there is no use in hiding your disability from an employer, as they need to understand how to accommodate your needs in the best way that they can. By telling employers about my stam...
Studying a degree is a challenging endeavour for anyone. However, for a student studying in conjunction with a medical condition that requires regular hospital admissions, appointments, and treatments...
My stammer was not something I had really addressed until I went to university. A combination of not wanting to talk about it and the required support network being absent during my time at school mea...
"My plus is my courage. In my first semester as an English literature undergraduate student I underwent emergency spinal surgery and narrowly avoided permanent paralysis. I kept up with my studies thr...
"Sometimes it can be difficult to ask for adjustments in the workplace. However, if you get a job offer it’s because the employer thinks that you are the best person for the job, and as a result will ...
"Having Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia & Paroxysmal Tachycardia Syndrome means that I have to manage the effects of fainting and fatigue throughout my everyday life. This has been challenging at time...
This week, we featured a series of articles aimed at helping you discuss workplace adjustments with an employer. Today, we are sharing an interview with James about his career at Linklaters and his ex...
Working for a large, varied and established organisation, as opposed to a small start-up, takes off some pressure: if I need a break no one is waiting impatiently for my return. Furthermore, there is ...
"My autoimmune condition is, for the most part, invisible. This is both a blessing and a curse as the scarring on my left eye means my sight is often compromised and I often have double vision but ver...
If you have a disability or long term health condition, you may require an adjustment in the workplace to enable you to do your job efficiently and effectively. You may have already have had adjustmen...
If you do want to be open about a disability, a disability support network can include many people in a university including fellow students, the student union, student clubs and societies, staff in t...
"?Living with an invisible condition hasn’t only negatively affected me. In many ways, it’s been an experience that’s improved who I am. When I was first diagnosed with IBS in my early years of sixth ...
For those of you who have a disability, there is also the option of events open only to those who have a disability. In addition to informing you about your various options, they are also designed to ...
?High Functioning Autism is a largely misunderstood condition. I like to think of it as an ability, rather than a disability, and employers do too, with more and more discovering the benefits of High ...
Becoming a student is a really exciting time. Not only do you get to study something you are genuinely interested in, you also have the chance to get involved with activities on campus and in the comm...
My plus is that I’m organised; having a disability means that I need to be organised in order to go about my day-to-day life. A train journey to work for most people is relatively stress free aside fr...
"I developed a condition called Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy which causes optic nerve degeneration. As such, I have no central vision, which is the vision required to see detail. Despite being ...
Developing commercial awareness while you’re at university might seem like a daunting task and may well be the sort of thing which gets pushed to the bottom of your priority list.
Developing a commercial awareness can make you a better fit for potential employers. Here are some tips on how to broaden your awareness of the business world:
I found out I had dyslexia after failing 2nd year of university, which made me look at learning in a whole different light. It wasn't that I wasn't paying attention; I just had to teach myself to lear...
Thomas Jones joined the Bank of England’s Graduate Development Programme after studying law at the University of Sussex. Thomas has experience of anxiety and depression. In this article, he shares his...
So you’re finally through to the assessment centre stage and understandably pleased that you’ve survived the initial selection processes. Now’s your opportunity to show the employer just how much you...
There’s a common misconception that the term ‘disabled’ refers exclusively to wheelchair users. James discusses how and why it’s important to be open about invisible disabilities, including mental hea...
My plus is determination to overcome obstacles. The determination to show other people who suffer from the same condition you can still live a normal, content life, without assuming that an Inflammato...
Living and coping with an invisible disability has made me change the way I live my life – in a positive way. MyPlus is I now live life to the max and tackle challenges head on!
Lucy, Technology Taskforce Manager at the BDF (Business Disability Forum) shares her personal approach to life and her career with a disability.
Law graduate, Jonathan share a few pointers for students looking to get into commercial law – adressing concerns about disclosing a disability, the best way to talk about it, and how to deal with reje...
I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at school. This has always made it difficult for me to understand social situations and people’s emotions. Still, Asperger’s has been My ‘Plus’.
?Navigating any graduate recruitment process can feel like a very daunting experience. This article aims to debunk some of the common myths about the recruitment process to become a lawyer and also g...
The transformation unlocked and awakened hidden talents and attributes, and ignited my plus; for life, and giving to others as someone gave me. So, alongside my career I became a counsellor, volunteer...
These conditions are my 'plus' because I am more resilient and determined to succeed, to prove that my conditions will not hold me back and that my mental capacity is not affected by them.
An interview is your chance to come face to face with representatives of the firm and to really show them that you have got what it takes to be successful in their organisation. Here are some tips to ...
How inclusion consultant, Joanna talked about her deafness in the workplace has changed over the years. Here are some top tips from someone who has been around the deaf block.
I was born physically disabled which means I have various physical impairments including deafness, sclerosis and arthrogryposis. However, I have never let my ?physical impairments hold me back in life...
We've spoken to many of you at recruitment events and this is one of the most frequently asked questions. Read this article to find out how to refer to your disability in an application.
Helen Cooke, Founder of MyPlus Students' Club tells us why you should start building your career at university!
My plus is that I am me. I'm clumsy, overly emotional, empathic, scatter brained. I'm childish, silly, have a tendency to stick my tongue out when thinking and extremely loyal.
Having a disability need not stand in the way of you having a successful career. Don’t underestimate what you can achieve!
My deafness forced me to be an observer and I became an expert in non-verbal communication.
How do you answer questions about personal development in an interview? Ross shares 5 ways to learn and reflect on your past experiences!
When it comes to studying abroad with a disability, the trick is to be prepared.
Laura shares her experience of working in China with a bilateral hearing impairment.
"Only some people are categorised as having a disability, but the truth is everyone has their own strengths and weakness.“
"My stammer has made me resilient. My Plus is my ability to feel the fear of speaking, but doing it anyway."
Rebekah shares her best tips for preparing for a year abroad including how to manage a disability.
If you have received an invitation to attend an assessment centre you have already impressed the recruiter with your application, here are some tips to ensure you can perform well!
Law student, Bam recently completed her summer placement at Motability Operations. Read her tips for being open about disability and making a successful application.
Turning my disability into a plus has allowed me to really focus on my newest venture, The Social Mercenary which empowers entrepreneurs in developing countries to market their products worldwide.
Today, we are sharing advice on how to set goals you can achieve at university and when you begin planning your next steps.
I’ve also found that my personality can actually be a benefit when it comes to networking and pursuing business projects – I’m very goal-orientated, determined, and keen to put ideas into practice.
MyPlus is that my stammer taught me to choose my words more carefully, therefore (in theory!) reducing sentence length and thus the probability of stammering.
To celebrate the theme of overcoming challenges, we're revisiting the stories of three individuals who are excelling in their industries despite the additional challenges a disability can bring.
Have you thought of applying for a graduate scheme after university? Becky shares her experience as a HR Graduate on the Unilever Future Leaders Programme.
Yasmin Sheikh, Disability Consultant and Coach shares her top tips for overcoming the challenges which your disability present!
Employers often talk about ‘reasonable’ adjustments but how do you know what is reasonable to ask for? Helen Cooke, MyPlus Students' Club Director and Founder shares her top tips on writing a great 'o...
This week, we find out what it means to be open from a student's perspective, also what it means to be receptive for employers.
Should I be open about my disability in an interview? What adjustments should I ask for? David Fox answers some of the most common disability-related questions raised by graduates.
This week, MyPlus speaks to Gabriella-Michela Ragno, a Group Talent Acquisition Coordinator at Enterprise Rent-A-Car about managing her invisible illness at work.
Would you tell your employers if you had a hidden disability? An associate at Slaughter and May shares her tips on how to manage disability in the workplace.
Today is World Diabetes Day and we're sharing top tips from Aneirin Thomas and Vicky March, on how to manage university life when you have Type 1 Diabetes.
?I am registered blind and I have a point to prove to the world. MyPlus is my courage, and the reason why I put myself forward for anything which scares me.
This week is all about finding your strengths! Tallulah, who has dyspraxia shares her story on overcoming adversity and inspiring pupils at Teach First.
Helen Cooke, MyPlus Students' Club Director and Founder shares her top tips on identifying your strengths and presenting these competencies in an interview.
Find out how Ogonna overcame her initial fear of defining disability and her advice on discovering your strengths.
Dyslexia helped me learn self-love, which is my plus. I do not believe in disabilities or limitations. I will achieve everything that I set my mind to, even if I have to take the scenic route in getti...
Morag Fraser, who is a Student Connections Facilitator at the University of St. Andrews gives us an insight into overcoming the challenges which Autism presents to daily productivity.
It's Movember! We're learning how the 'Mo Bros' started their successful campaign, and how you can do the same at university.
When I first committed myself to commercial law I was very concerned about being open on application forms because unlike most applicants, I am on the autistic spectrum disorder, as well as having tr...
MyPlus Students' Club asked Chris Scott, a graduate from EY’s Stammering Network, to share his experience on managing a stammer in the workplace.
Career advisers told me to hide my disability on applications, but being open and turning it into a strength helped me get a graduate job.
If you are struggling with ADHD at university or in the workplace, take a look at these top tips for managing your condition.
Despite being a complex and cumbersome condition to live with, OCD does have benefits as well.
If 1 in 4 of us are sufferers, that means someone close to you has a mental health problem.
Dyslexia has challenged me to be creative in how I communicate ideas. MyPlus is my ability to think outside the box.
I would like to share my experiences as a recruiter for our Graduate Management Training Programme and demonstrate what we mean by being inclusive at Enterprise.
The challenges I have overcome because of my dyslexia make me who I am today. MyPlus is my difference.
Ellie Grant, star of BBC2’s Employable Me programme, developed Tourette’s syndrome overnight. She explains how she put her life back together and found a new sense of purpose.
Managing a student society at university can help you develop skills that employers value.
Struggling to get you head around applying for Disabled Students' Allowance? Don’t panic! This blog on applying for DSA should help.
Mental health is often the elephant in the room. To change this, we need to highlight how mental health in the workplace can be managed effectively.
A guide to your options after University from guest blogger Dean Chaffer.
Writer, stand-up comic and mental health campaigner, Dave Chawner’s work is inspired by his own experience of living with an eating disorder.
Someone I reached out to when I was really low tweeted me something I keep in mind: “Life is like wrestling. Every time you take a hit and get knocked down, it is how you get up and continue to fight ...
What can a disabled student do to get into sport for the first time? Top tips from guest blogger Lizzie Bennett.
Nicola shares her story and top tips for using walking aids at university.
People tend to judge with their eyes instead of their ears, meaning that people with hidden disabilities can frequently face a unique set of challenges when navigating day-to-day life.
An interview artist and performer Jess Thom - currently shaking up popular perceptions of her neurological condition, Tourette’s syndrome.
I have a long history of anxiety, depression and eating disorders, and ever changing diagnoses.
An Open Day is a great opportunity to look around a university and get a feel for student life. Here are 5 things to consider asking if you are a disabled student.
Starting university can be daunting enough, but when you have a medical condition it can be even more intimidating.
Read Roseanna's top tips for how to deal with exams as a disabled student.
The process of becoming superhuman only begins when these limits are tested to the hilt, or even surpassed by extraordinary acts of will, involving stupendous effort.
By Claire Norman, founder of STUC and Intelligence Analyst for Cifas
By David Perkins, Director, AS Mentoring. www.asmentoring.co.uk
By Fiona Anderson, Founder, The Creative Coach
Awareness about stammering has increased, however misconceptions are still common.
Twenty years on a lot has changed. I am more confident now and whilst I still struggle with my speech on a daily basis, I've embraced it.
I am totally deaf. However, my enemy is not my disability…… it is doubt.
by Hannah Birkett, Marketing Assistant, Great with Disability.
By Helen Cooke - Great With Disability Founder and Director
By Nicola Kenton, studying an MSci in Geography, on working as a freelance journalist whilst studying.
By Jonathan Andrews, Graduate King's College London
A journalism student at London Metropolitan University describes life with an invisible illness.
Do you tell employers the bare minimum or the whole shebang?
Make a plan, follow your dreams and complete your openness statement.
A look at the most read articles from 2015.
By Becky Hill, Back Up to Work course facilitator
Helen Cooke, Great With Disability Director and Founder
By Steve Jones, Pricing Co-ordinator Motability Operations and Graduate, Oxford Brookes University
Laura, who is a postgraduate student shares her experience with Type 1 Diabetes and her three top tips on managing this hidden disability at university.
Stammering hasn't held this KPMG employee back.
A look at Rebecca Atkinson's blog for BBC Ouch
Time to challenge your expectations.
By Peter Ryan, MOD Disability Champion, the SCS Ambassador for Kentigern House, and Director of Judicial Engagement
Helen Cooke, Great With Disability Director and Founder
By Afsa Ahmed; Post-graduate, Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School; Graduate, University of Manchester
By J Andrews, Graduate, University of Kings College London