Equality, diversity and your career: disabled students
Find out about finding disability friendly employers and requesting reasonable adjustments.
Careers Service support
We have a dedicated Careers Adviser, Melanie Wortham, to support disabled students. Melanie offers additional appointments for disabled students.
If you would like to access this support, please contact Careers.
Disability confident employers
Some companies are registered as a Disability Confident employer. The government Disability Confident Scheme aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people. It is voluntary and has three levels that have been designed to support a disabled person on their Disability Confident journey.
Level 2 Disability Confident employers commit to offer an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job. If employers do not advertise a formal guaranteed interview, they should make it clear in their recruitment material that a disabled applicant meeting the minimum criteria for the job (that is the description of the job as set by the employer) will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.
Many organisations are also a member of the Business Disability Forum which accredits organisations with a Disability Standard. View a full list of members.
Using MyFuture to search for jobs
We advertise vacancies targeted at Bath students in MyFuture. Many organisations advertise roles or schemes aimed at those with disabilities. To find these select 'Equality and Diversity' in the type of opportunity. You can also use keywords to further narrow down your results. For example, you can search for ‘disab’ and this will retrieve relevant jobs and opportunities that contain 'disabled' or 'disability' in them.
Other organisations for jobs and placements
There are specialist recruiters who specifically help disabled students:
- MyPlus Students' Club
- Change 100 - internships for students and graduates
Disclosing a disability and requesting reasonable adjustments
Many students and graduates are understandably apprehensive about revealing their disability during the graduate recruitment process, and again during employment.
A disability is defined as having a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. A disability can include a long term health condition including mental health or long term chronic illness such as Crohn’s Disease, Asthma and ME. It also includes physical or sensory impairments such as visual/hearing loss or a specific learning disability such as dyslexia/dyspraxia as well as mobility impairments and Aspergers/Autism.
However, there are many positive reasons for disclosing your disability prior to the interview stage or assessment centre. Disclosing can give you an opportunity to request reasonable adjustments to help manage any concerns you may have on the process and it then gives you the best chance to perform well on the day. Remember, reasonable adjustments are there to ensure a level playing field for everyone so you can compete with those students/graduates who don’t have a disability.
Under the Equality Act 2010 there is legal protection for disabled employees and job applicants and it is unlawful to discriminate against workers because of a disability or to fail to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate a worker (job applicant) with a disability. However, there is no legal obligation on your part to disclose at any time, unless there are safety issues in a job you have applied for.
You can also disclose at any time of the recruitment process. Some students for example do not disclose until interview stage. Other students may need some reasonable adjustments for psychometric tests and therefore will disclose earlier in the recruitment process.
To disclose or not to disclose your disability webinar
You can find out more information about disclosing a disability and thinking about what reasonable adjustments would help you in the recruitment process and in your job in our webinar. This Careers Service webinar includes up to date information on targeting diversity friendly employers and what sort of reasonable adjustments you could request.
There is a recording available from the resources tab on MyFuture. Or you can look for an upcoming webinar in the events tab. Go to MyFuture.
- The resources tab in MyFuture also hosts other resources regarding disabilities. These include short videos from other disabled students or graduates and the AGCAS Get that job video series.
- Our Careers Service blog has posts covering disabled student experiences on finding graduate jobs and being on placement. -AGCAS Disability Task Group Blog includes advice for students on various topics
1:1 help with disclosure
If you have any concerns on how, when, or what to disclose to an employer, then you can book to see a dedicated disability careers adviser by contacting the Careers Service directly.