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By Louis Jameson, Assistant Manager for Lloyds Banking Group’s Group Disability Programme.
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 with an employer. This is what I will try to do. We can show them our disabilities are ‘no worries’!
I am Louis first, being blind is secondary. Actually, my guide dog, Fleur, has decided she’s first and a top networker. I have no choice but to share information about my disability, but I would always recommend it, as then you can be yourself at work and supported by your colleagues.
We all feel nervous at interview or starting a new role, this is natural. However you feel; positivity is vital. Sure your disability can create challenges, but that is a conversation for later.
Due to a lack of knowledge the interviewer may be nervous recruiting you. It’s up to you, be positive and show them it’s ‘no worries’ for you!
Think ability not disability! Does your disability enhance, or give you extra abilities?
Mine does. Here are three:
I like to just slip disability
into my CV overtly, but it can come in useful for interview questions too.
How do you introduce your disability to someone? Have you ever considered the impact this could have?
= Well-meaning negative action
= Invokes pity
= Disability before being a person
= Non-emotive language
= You first, then your disability
= Taking ownership
You may ‘suffer’, I’m not disputing that. When you’re out to get a job though, you need the right response. Well-meaning negative action isn’t going to help you.
By this I mean, the recruiter doesn’t want to increase your suffering by accepting you on their grad scheme. They’re not being nasty or discriminating, just negatively nice. Stick with ‘live with’ – it’s un-emotive and much safer ground.
‘To support me in the process of managing my disability’ are the magic words.
The fear factor has gone and they can breathe. You’ve taken ownership, shown them the path and guided them to simple actions they understand and can cope with. They may not quite be at ‘no worries’, but better than blind panic – no pun intended.
You are the expert of your own condition!
Its okay, don’t panic – you don’t need to know it all. Entering work is a big deal! You do have past experiences though and that’s a good starting point. By sharing these your putting your manager/team at ease. They’re only scared of what they don’t know and you need to empower them.
I always start by telling everyone that there is nothing they can ask which is going to offend me – dangerous! You can then have a conversation with your manager, create a one-pager and/or do a short presentation in a team meeting. In these you could include:
My one-pager talks about how I live independently; using my talking gadgets and organising my ties to match with my shirts (it’s important). In work, things like PowerPoint and travelling alone are challenges. They can help me by sending materials in Word, giving me notice of travel so I can book assistance ahead.
When I presented this in a team meeting I thought I’d make it fun. Showing them:
I only started doing this on my last grad placement; I found that it really educates and engages everyone. In one swoop you’ve a room of advocates. Here are some strategies some colleagues use:
So now the unknown is known, they know how to behave and can help you overcome the new challenges that await. Before long, supporting you manage your disability will be second nature and ‘no worries’.
If you are unsure about something, stay calm and take it away. You have control, take some solutions back and discuss. To help you consider:
We’re all unique and these ideas might not suit you. That’s fine– all I ask is that you reflect and take-away:
Most importantly though, remember you will be an asset to whichever organisation you join. I challenge you all to ensure you do that!
Louis joined Lloyds Banking Group as a HR Graduate in 2013 after graduating from UWE Bristol with a first in Economics. His team’s role is to make disability business as usual across the Group and Louis partners HR and Recruitment in delivering this.
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