Finding the right employer for you can be challenging at the best of times but with a disability it can feel even more difficult sometimes.
The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate against applicants or employees with disabilities and in an ideal world there would be nothing to worry about. In reality, however, practices and policies vary between employers and whilst there are, undoubtedly, a large and ever increasing number of inclusive employers it’s important to do your research carefully and ensure employers’ recruitment processes are equipped and willing to accommodate any needs you may have in order to perform to the best of your potential.
How an employer treats you throughout the recruitment process – from application to offer – is a strong indication of how they are likely to treat you in the work place. Identifying an inclusive employer will start you off on the right foot and lead to a far greater likelihood of career success and happiness. A genuinely inclusive employer is likely to be one which treats all staff, regardless of disability or non-disability, with respect and provides an environment conducive to productivity and job satisfaction.
There are a number of ways you can identify inclusive employers and give yourself the chance to compete on a level playing field for the job you want. To find out more come along to our ‘Finding inclusive employers’ workshop which is taking place as part of Undergraduate Careers Week. Find out more and book a place on CareerHub.