- Postgraduate researchers
- Premia- resources for disabled researchers
- Career management
- What do employers want?
- Researcher experiences of the job application process
Researcher experiences of the job application process
For many disabled researchers and graduates, achieving a research degree in difficult circumstances demonstrates, in itself, a high level of motivation to succeed. You can use examples of your own strategies relating to being disabled as examples of motivation. The key is to avoid negativity and to match your evidence of motivation with the requirements of the job.
‘I must also admit that the opportunity to show that a person with dyslexia could achieve a PhD was also a challenge too good to miss.’Postdoctoral graduate with dyslexia
‘In fact, if I had to, I’d do it all again just to make sure that I get the same respect as a non-disabled person would have (without even thinking about it).’Postdoctoral graduate with cerebral palsy
‘Through declaration of my ‘disability’, I have become involved with the e-mentoring scheme which matched my career aspirations to a tutor within the field…This… gave me a kick start to looking constructively at jobs available to me and what I have to offer employers.’Disabled postgraduate researcher with auto-immune condition
‘ATW (Access to Work) is a very good scheme, offering access to equipment that would be beyond most people’s budgets. So do apply for it.’Research graduate with RSI
‘I receive support 3 days a week from a support worker (paid for by Access to Work). This support is invaluable in enabling me to work effectively without excessive fatigue, attend conferences etc. In addition, when needed I can work from home a couple of days a week. I found it much easier to get adjustments made in my current university.’Research Fellow with cerebral palsy
‘Employment Opportunities were helpful in providing specific advice and targeted information on disability issues, especially for my ‘hidden’ disability.’Postdoctoral graduate with mobility impairment
‘Employment Opportunities for Disabled People (a registered charity) was helpful. They gave me some advice on disclosure, staged a mock interview and arranged a paid work placement with the civil service.’Research graduate with RSI