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Disability and Employability Event

Do you want to find out more about entering the workplace with a disability, specific learning difficulty or long-term health condition? Are you interested in hearing from those who have done it before you? Want to know what support you could receive from employers?

Each year we hold a Disability and Employability Event, inviting speakers from a range of organisations to speak about their experiences of either working with a disability or of supporting others in the workplace.

This year our Disability and Employability Event will be online!

We have created 'Explore…Disability and Employability', a series of information videos leading to a live panel Q&A with employers and employees from organisations including Leonard Cheshire, Microlink, University of Southampton, PwC and EmployAbility. Representatives will be speaking about their experiences of working with a disability and/or the support offered by their employers/organisations to students with a disability, specific learning difficulty or long-term health condition. They will give advice to help you navigate the world of employment and the Q&A provides the opportunity to ask questions and speak to the people behind the videos.

The videos can be found below. On Friday 6 November you can join our live panel Q&A online to engage with the employers who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. The videos are accessible to all but you will need to book your place for the online Q&A event. Once you have booked your place on MyCareer you will be emailed joining instructions for the online event hosted on Microsoft Teams. Questions can be received verbally or through the chat function. Please book your place via our MyCareer Events Calendar.

Q&A Panellists

Richard Cartwright - UoS Senior Teaching Fellow and Disability Steering Group Chair
Charlie Willis - Leonard Cheshire Youth Employment Officer (Change 100)
Tab Ahmad - EmployAbility CEO
Nasser Siabi - Microlink PC CEO
Kim Whippy - PwC Inclusion and Enablement Services Lead

If you have any additional support needs or adjustments required to enable you to join the Q&A please email the Careers and Employability Service (careers@southampton.ac.uk) to let us know.

Don't forget you can also book onto one of our Disability, Disclosure and Employability workshops or watch a panopto recording if you are looking for advice on disclosing a disability, SpLD or long-term health condition.

 

Microlink

Dr Nasser Siabi talks of his work with Microlink to support people with disabilities and shares his own career journey with a visual impairment

More about Microlink

University of Southampton

Richard Cartwright tells of his career journey from his accident during his graduate role at KPMG to his current role at the University of Southampton

More about Richard

EmployAbility

Tab Ahmad shares the work she carries out with EmployAbility, partnering with a wide range of employers to create an inclusive workplace globally

More about EmployAbility

PwC

Kim Whippy shares her top tips and details the support in place for anyone with a disability applying to work at PwC

More about PwC

Change 100

Charlie Willis explains the Change 100 scheme, providing paid summer work for students/recent graduates with a disability or health condition

More about Change 100

Inspiring stories…I heard several times that it is useful to be upfront and honest about having a disability/long term health condition and explain what you need [which] is helpful advice

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