This information explores steps you can take to increase your confidence in navigating recruitment as you begin to build
Disability and careers
Fourteen per cent of UK university students have a disability, and this number is rising year on year. There are also 4.4
million people with a disability in the UK workforce. As a result employers, recognising the benefits that a more diverse
workforce has on their organisation, are becoming more disability confident. Many are now taking positive action to recruit
Legal rights and responsibilities
Understanding your rights and responsibilities within the law can ensure you have the correct support when you need it.
The Equality Act 2010:
defines disability as 'a physical or mental impairment that is more than minor or trivial, that will impact on normal day
to day activities, and that lasts, or is likely to last, more than 12 months'.
gives you a choice of when and how much information you share with employers
allows you to request reasonable adjustments in the recruitment process.
Use the Government’s Health Adjustment Passport to:
identify what support and changes (known as reasonable adjustments) you may need when you are going through the
recruitment process / are in work
apply for support from Access to Work. This could include funding for specialist equipment to support you during
selection / when you are in work, or support getting to and from interviews and work
help you talk to employers about adjustments and in-work support that you may need.
Take time to plan and prepare in advance so that you are ready to demonstrate your full potential.
1. Recognise your unique strengths and skills
Start by recognising the unique strengths and skills you have acquired through managing your disability, and how these
provide meaningful evidence to showcase what you have to offer in the workplace.
2. Prepare a sharing statement
Preparing a ‘sharing statement’ allows you to clearly and unapologetically state your requirements for support and
adjustments, either during recruitment or at work. This can be a simple declaration or be enhanced to demonstrate your
unique skill set.
3. Building a simple sharing statement
State that you have a disability, or – if you're happy to give more details – provide a short explanation.
Explain the implications.
Request the adjustments that you need.
‘I have an anxiety disorder. I get very nervous and anxious, particularly in new situations, so it would be useful for me to
have an orientation visit, and for people to be aware that I may be more anxious than others’.
4. Enhancing your sharing statement
Some students feel comfortable sharing more information, or recognise the benefits of doing so, and so might prepare an
enhanced sharing statement. This includes the skills, strengths, and experience you have gained as a result of your
‘I have autism, which can affect the way that I communicate and interact with others. For example, I find making eye
contact difficult, which means I will require adjustments to the assessment criteria for my interview if it is to be assessed
Autism also means that I have strengths and skills in other areas. These include working in a structured and logical way,
having great attention to detail, and an ability to identify patterns and errors quickly. I am also very conscientious and
committed to my work and so have good levels of punctuality, honesty, and integrity’.
5. Develop a disability informed approach to your job search