Navigating the early stages of your career can be difficult. An important thing to remember is that employers care about hiring individuals who can perform the duties required of their roles. For this reason, securing a job will require that you understand and can communicate your skills and strengths in your applications.
As you consider where you want to work and what you want to do, you will also need to identify which environments and roles will enable you to apply your strengths and abilities. If you are a person with a disability you may be entitled to workplace accommodations to help you make a position work for you. This may require you to disclose your disability to your potential employer.
Disclosing to a potential employer
Disclosure is a choice, and is not always necessary. We have provided resources to help you decide if, when, and how you may disclose to a potential employer. Get in touch with an advisor, coach, or your peer communities to practice your approach and disclosure statements. This may help you feel more confident about the disclosure process.
Remember that you are the expert of your situation. An employer may be able to help you identify possible accommodations but they will rely on you to identify your unique needs and the supports that will work best for you.
Disability intersects with other experiences and identities. Check out the career navigation resource guides for students of colour and LGBTQ+ students for more resources.