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Top 8 Tips for Disclosing a Disability from #Change100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Disclose because you want to. You’re under no legal obligation to disclose your disability but doing so may help you to get reasonable adjustments to enable you to fulfil your potential.

2. Disclose because it’s beneficial to you! Ask yourself, if I don’t disclose, and don’t ask for reasonable adjustments, will it affect my performance? Employers want to recruit the best talent from a level playing field, so let them know what you need.

3. During applications, use your disability to demonstrate skills you have developed through managing your condition, like resilience, initiative and problem-solving.

4. Often disclosing sooner is better, so employers have time to put in place reasonable adjustments for you.

5. Tell an employer what you need to overcome any barriers your disability may present. Employers care more about this than what those barriers are. (If you don’t know what reasonable adjustments you need at work, Change100 will help you find out!)

6. Avoid complicated medical terminology. Employers may not have specialist knowledge of your condition. Concentrate more on how it affects you, and what you need to overcome it.

7. Get experience! Learn how your disability affects you in work, develop your core competencies and discover what reasonable adjustments you need. (At Change100, we’ll provide you with this paid experience at a prestigious UK employer!)

8. Talk to your careers team about what reasonable adjustments may mean for you. Is it rest breaks? Screen-reader software? Flexible hours? Home working? Wheelchair access? Low-light levels in a room? Quiet spaces to withdraw to? Each person, even with the same condition can require different adjustments.

Got questions and want to learn more? There are online workshops on 12 December and 17 January. To learn more about employer perspectives of disability disclosure, have your questions answered and to learn more about Change100 internships, visit https://goo.gl/az7gd9 or click here to sign up!

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Friday Featured Opportunity – O2 Graduate Schemes

Our Graduate development  offers you more…

We don’t just train our graduates to get to know our business. We inspire them to love it. Starting by offering you much more than you’d expect from a graduate programme. More chances to be flexible, to take your career path in the direction you want. More chances to get connected, not just with your fellow graduates but with the movers and shakers within our business. More chances to shape and deliver our services, for today and, crucially, for tomorrow. And more perks than you can shake a big stick at!

O2 (Telefonica) is recruiting now for the 2018 Graduate Intake. The deadline for applications is the 08.01.2018.

 

Our Graduate Schemes:

  • O2 Graduate Scheme – General Leadership
  • O2 Graduate Scheme – Technology
  • O2 Graduate Scheme – Finance

Find out more here.

 

Would you like feedback on your application before you send it to O2? Email careers@cumbria.ac.uk.

Daiwa Scholarships 2018

The Daiwa Scholarship is a unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement
and homestay in Japan, following a month of Japanese tuition in the UK.

Daiwa Scholarships offer young and talented UK citizens with strong leadership potential the
opportunity to acquire Japanese language skills and to access expertise and knowledge relevant
to their career goals.

No previous experience of Japan or Japanese is necessary.

Find out more here: DS-2018-flyer

The Daiwa Scholarship programme was established by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in 1991. Aimed at British graduates and future leaders in their fields, it was inspired by the belief that contact between young people would foster mutual understanding and support the long-term relationship between Britain and Japan. Since the programme began, 165 Scholars have benefited from the Scholarship. The Foundation will select up to six new Daiwa Scholars in April 2018. http://www.dajf.org.uk

 

Eligibility
Candidates must be:
· British citizens
· aged between 21 and 35 years of age as of 1 September 2018
Candidates should be:
· graduates (or due to graduate by September 2018) with a strong degree in any subject* or with a strong record of achievement in their field
· in possession of clear career objectives and a commitment to furthering UK-Japan links.09

*Graduates in Japanese language studies are not eligible to apply for Daiwa Scholarships but may wish to apply for support through the Foundation’s grant schemes or the Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies.

 

Application Procedure
Apply online completing the application form available from http://www.dajf.org.uk/scholarships/general-information. In addition, candidates must supply three confidential reference letters in sealed envelopes by the application deadline.

Applications and references must reach the Foundation by Thursday 7 December 2017.

See PDF for more details: DS-2018-flyer

Using Good English In Your Job Applications

 

Here are a few English language pitfalls to be mindful of when you’re writing your CV and covering letter. 

Infinitives

An infinitive is the basic form of a verb, preceded by ‘to’ (egto live is to learn’). To ‘split’ an infinitive is stick a word between the ‘to’ and the verb. Although there’s actually nothing wrong with phrases like ‘to boldly go’, it’s advisable to go a little less boldly; some people despise split infinitives, and it’s never worth the risk of annoying someone.

 

Spelling

We’ve all had cause to cringe at our own spelling at one time or another. Ideally you want to be doing the cringing before, not after, you’ve submitted your CV and covering letter.

One way to avoid spelling errors is to be vigilant for repeat offenders. According to a study conducted by the job advertisement site Adzuna, the top ten most commonly misspelled words on CVs are:

  1. Responsibility
  2. Liaise
  3. University
  4. Experience
  5. Speciality
  6. Communication
  7. Achievement
  8. Management
  9. Environment
  10. Successful

 

Me, Myself and I

In your CV and covering letter, you should use ‘myself’ only as the English language intended – that is, as a reflexive pronoun. Never say, ‘That was a challenge for myself and the team’; what you mean is, ‘That was a challenge for me and the team.’

Rosemary Proctor writes for Inspiring Interns, which helps career starters find the perfect job, in everything from sales jobs to marketing internships. To browse their graduate jobs London listings, visit their website.

Friday’s Featured Opportunity: Assistant Curator

 

Glasgow International Glasgow International is a unique visual art festival taking place over three extraordinary weeks in April and May 2018 and it happens in over 60 venues. More than 200 artists will participate next year, which will be our 8th edition. Our purpose is to celebrate, showcase and enhance Glasgow’s position as a leading international city for contemporary art and promote the city, and its artistic community, at home, nationally and internationally, as one of the UK and Europe’s most important festivals of contemporary art.

The role of Assistant Curator is a new post for GI and offers recent graduates, and exclusively those who received a maintenance grant during their study, with an incredible opportunity to start their career within a fast-paced, small and dynamic team. Should you be successful in your application, you will become an integral member of the GI team for a whole year. This role has been designed to offer an exciting entry into a career in contemporary visual art and to open out career opportunities as part of the company’s approach to equalities, diversity and inclusion.

Assistant Curator (year-long fixed-term paid placement)

Closing date: Midday, Thursday 16th November 2017

Interview date: Tuesday 21st November 2017

Term: 1 year fixed term (December 2017 – December 2018)

Salary: £17,095 (35 hours per week based on living wage £8.45 per hour)

Find out more by reading the application pack here: 241025_GI Assistant Curator_Jerwood Placement_JOB PACK Final

Future Legal Mind Award 2018 Offers £5,000 Top Prize

The annual Future Legal Mind Award for undergraduate law students is now open for entries, offering UK law undergraduates the chance to win £5,000 and a valuable work placement.

The award, sponsored by National Accident Helpline, offers the country’s brightest legal minds a head start in the highly competitive legal industry.

Last year’s Future Legal Mind Award winner, Hana Kapadia, said: “Winning the competition will undoubtedly provide a huge boost to my CV, and is a huge aid financially, giving me a sense of security towards funding my studies. I would definitely recommend entering the Future Legal Mind Award 2018.”

Entrants are required to submit an original essay on a specific subject relevant to today’s legal profession.

This year’s Future Legal Mind essay question is:

“The personal injury legal sector is frequently attacked by government, insurers and media as ambulance-chasing lawyers seeking to promote a compensation culture.  What can organisations in the personal injury legal sector do differently in order to dispel the misconceptions and bring integrity back to claiming compensation?”

Essays must be a maximum of 1,300 words, excluding footnotes and a 100-word summary and need to be submitted by January 14th, 2018.

Other previous winners and shortlisted candidates also say the award has enhanced their career prospects and has been great thing to have on their CVs, including 2016 winner Tom Phillips, who said: “I have no doubt that winning the competition has provided a significant boost to my CV and will ultimately help me to obtain pupillage. I would encourage all law students to enter the Future Legal Mind Award – it is a unique and valuable opportunity.”

Simon Trott, Managing Director of National Accident Helpline and chair of judges for Future Legal Mind Award 2018, said: “At National Accident Helpline, we set standards for our solicitors, and we believe that it is crucial to attract the very best people to the legal sector. With that in mind, in 2014 we introduced the annual Future Legal Mind Essay Award, to bring recognition to young legal talent who share our passion for giving customers the best service. Our winner is awarded with a financial contribution towards their studies and work experience at one of our high quality legal firms. It’s been heartening to see the positive impact the last three years’ awards has had on our winners, and we are excited to be offering this chance to a new group of students for Future Legal Mind Award 2018.”

You can read more about the award, and enter your essay, at: www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/future-legal-mind

 

5 Benefits an Internship Will Give You

 

To intern or not to intern? That is the question many soon-to-be or recent graduates keep asking themselves. With repeated media coverage suggesting that internships are exploitive, many may be tempted to skip the temping.

But when done right, internships are a hugely valuable experience for young career starters. Here’s why:

1. Money

Unless you’re working for a charity or doing a placement year as part of your degree, UK companies must pay interns at least the minimum wage. Ergo, interning through your university holidays will boost your CV and your bank account.

2. Experience

58% of employers say past work experience is the most important thing they look for when hiring graduates. Just 16% cared more about degree grades. Internships are a great way to start learning these key skills in related industries.

3. Contacts

Networking is super important for your career – some studies suggest up to 85% of employees are hired through contacts. Internships will introduce you to key people in your chosen industry and give you access to great references, invaluable mentors and helpful informational interviews.

4. Try Before You Buy

Sometimes, working the job you thought you wanted may reveal that it’s not actually right for you. But quitting several permanent roles in a short space of time will make you look like a job hopper – a characteristic 40% of hiring managers mark as the biggest obstacle for job-hunters.

Internships, however, are understood to be temporary placements. That means you can get a feel for whether an industry suits you before having to commit long-term.

5. A Full-Time Job

Graduate jobs are competitive. But almost three-quarters of students with paid internships under their belt receive a job offer before graduation.

 

Beth Leslie is a career and lifestyle writer. She is also the editor of the Inspiring Interns blog, which gives graduate careers advice to career starters.