Were you open about your disability during the application process? What support was provided to you?
It was recommended to state my disability in the application. I was asked to include any reasonable adjustments that would be needed for the role. This allowed me to express how my disability affects me.
What led you to this role? Why did you choose to join National Grid?
While waiting to be matched for a position after being successful through the assessment process, I was informed about a ‘social media specialist’ role within National Grid’s recruitment team by one of the Change 100 staff. I hadn’t done much social media before this, but I accepted the challenge. I knew that National Grid is a big and reputable company, so I was keen to sign up.
How do you manage your disability at work?
I have regular one-to-ones with my line manager to discuss any issues or worries; this helps to relieve any anxiety I have. I like to structure my days with prioritising daily tasks that come in. I’ve also been given the flexibility to work from home when I need to.
What aspect of the job have you found most difficult to manage? Is this affected by your disability?
Having Asperger’s Syndrome and anxiety has been difficult to handle at times. I struggle with uncertainty or rapid change in environments — as it can leave me feeling stressed and very anxious. I’ve found it easier to cope despite having to adapt to new situations, however, it’s been a baby step approach with having the extra support available
What is National Grid’s approach to disability; how has your employer helped you to do well at your workplace?
The company offers a lot of support for those with disabilities and National Grid is keen on inclusion and diversity. Knowing that your employer has an understanding of your disability made me feel a lot better about developing and stepping out of my comfort zone.
Tell us about a personal strength or a valuable plus which you have developed, as a result of your disability. How has it helped you in your career?
I’ve noticed that I’ve got a really good work ethic and my ability to work hard is a useful trait to have in the workplace. During my time at National Grid, I feel valued and play an important role within the recruitment team.
What advice would you give a student with a similar disability, who wants to pursue a career in the field you work in?
If you feel you fit into a certain business area and want to pursue it, just go for it! If you have anxiety, don’t let it hold you back, embrace change and learn from it.