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Let’s be honest, the education system wasn’t built with disabled people in mind. That said, every year countless disabled students graduate and embark on successful careers in the industry of their choice. Nearing the completion of your studies and thinking about work can feel overwhelming. So, here are some tips to help get you started.
Make a list of reasonable adjustments
It’s tempting to go bulldozing headfirst into job applications. But before you do, take some time to really think ahead about what you need in order to thrive. Sit down with a pen and paper and a cup of tea, and think about your daily routine. Are there specific things you do or need that should be accommodated in the workplace too? Reasonable adjustments of this kind are agreed-upon commitments between an employer and employee. They are made to ensure that the environment and role is as accessible to a disabled worker as it is to a non-disabled worker.