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Josh’s story

"The process of finding a job can be difficult and disappointing."

After countless interviews and applications, I only had around one or two interview opportunities. I had to find work experience opportunities, and I think securing these has been down to sheer perseverance.

The process of finding work and applying for jobs is so stressful for disabled people. You do believe that employers aren’t hiring you because of your impairment or condition.

There were days when it was truly terrible. You just send loads of messages but get no response or just a generic automated email. It can leave you feeling really disappointed.

Disabled people have to consider so many different things that non-disabled people don’t ever have to concern themselves with. When looking for a job, I need to think if that opportunity is going to physically work for me. Unfortunately, there aren’t many opportunities that do.

You do believe that employers aren’t hiring you because of your impairment or condition.
Josh
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Josh's story

You can end up feeling quite intimidated when bringing up your adjustment needs with potential employers. There is the thought in the back of your mind that if they find someone who can do the normal nine to five, they’ll go for them.

I would urge employers to think carefully before they make that choice because I think that you will always get that extra level of commitment and heart from a disabled person.