Nowadays, more and more recruitment teams are embracing technology in their application processes – AI analysis in video interviews, for example. But as someone who has congenital nystagmus, an involuntary movement of the eyes, I was concerned that this could be misconstrued by AI. So when it came to applying, I was always open about my disability. I found that companies would quickly provide reassurance and make any adjustments necessary. Barclays in particular went above and beyond to put me at ease; I felt valued from the get-go.
I wanted a career where I could be creative and solve problems in interesting, forward-thinking ways. A technology role seemed a natural fit, especially in a dynamic and ever-evolving industry like FinTech. Why Barclays? Well, their focus on technological innovation was a huge draw. But it was also clear how committed they are to diversity and improving experiences for those living with disabilities, both in the workplace and wider world.
Today, I work on all things Cloud computing and infrastructure. I support the applications or services run on the Cloud, and also explore how we can better leverage it. Having joined with basic coding skills, I’ve spent a lot of time learning new languages – something that’s been really exciting and fulfilling. I get to play with the very latest technology and have a front-row seat to how it’s changing the future of banking.
I’ve never felt the need to hide my disability at work because the culture here is so supportive of diversity and inclusion. Desks come with large, state-of-the-art screens, and any specialist equipment is sorted right away. If I know a certain task is going to be tricky for me, such as reading screens from afar during presentations, I’ll plan ahead and get copies of the slides or have them broadcast to a laptop. It means I’m constantly building up invaluable skills like resourcefulness and problem solving, which are vital in my role.
Honestly, working in technology is a great career if you happen to have a visual impairment. There’s so much assistive technology to help you just get on with your job. It’s also a world that needs more individuals with experience and empathy to boost inclusivity; something I’m really passionate about. I love getting involved in initiatives and projects to help make our environment inclusive for absolutely everyone.