Every student approaches career planning differently. For many disabled students, their disability will have no bearing on their career plans - for others, early planning could be useful.
Get information, advice and guidance
Any student or recent graduate can book an appointment via MyCareerHub. You don’t need to know what you want to do before you book your appointment. We'd like you to feel confident that you can discuss, in confidence, anything you feel may impact on your decision-making and career planning.
If you need help, our Careers Information Advisers provide an information and advice drop-in service at the Helpdesk during opening hours. You can also make contact by phone, email or through the Ask A Question function on MyCareerHub. We offer a short-term loan facility for disabled students so you can borrow resources to use relevant adaptive technology.
We can book you an extended interview with a Careers Consultant or support by telephone and email. Just let us know before your interview what you need, to help us ensure you can access all our services.
University of Edinburgh Student Disability Service - provides information and advice on all aspects of support for disabled students at the University
Always start with what you'd like to do. If you think there is anything getting in the way of you doing what you want to do, discuss it with us.
MyCareerHub is a great place to start looking for graduate, vacation and part-time jobs and voluntary opportunities. The archived vacancies are a good resource for finding out about employers and different types of work. Let us know if you need vacancy information in an alternative format.
What Happens Next? - a report by the AGCAS Disability Task Group on first destinations of disabled graduates. Use this information to find out what disabled graduates went on to do after graduation, and how they found out about their jobs. The report includes self-employment and further study.
Telling employers about your disability
Students and graduates often have some anxiety around if, when and how to disclose disability during the selection process. New legislation means that in many cases, employers are no longer allowed to ask direct questions about health and disability prior to job offer.
Quick guide to the ban on questions about health and disability during recruitment - published by Government Equalities Office, this guide explains the types of questions that are not allowed at these stages and situations when questions about health and disability are permitted.
It's good to have a plan to decide if, how and when you discuss any reasonable adjustments you might need and how you present relevant skills and strengths you can demonstrate through activities or experiences related to a disability. Here are some starting points for advice.
National Autistic Society (NAS) - leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. You'll find information about disclosing your autism diagnosis, as well as advice advice about looking for work and information for autistic people already in work.
TargetJobs - provides advice on finding disability friendly employers and advice on deciding whether to disclose your circumstances and how best to do it.
Prospects - advice on successful applications and disclosing disability
Targeted employment schemes
EmployAbility - this is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to assisting people with all disabilities into employment, working primarily but not exclusively with disabled university undergraduates and graduates, EmployAbility offers support throughout the entire recruitment process. They also have information on internship and placement opportunities and specialist recruitment events.
MyPlus Students' Club - this site has helpful advice and guidance on the recruitment process and telling employers about your disability. The site includes vacancies, case studies and additional resources. The companies featured tend to be larger organisations and don't represent all types of work, but the information and advice is very helpful.
BlindinBusiness (BiB) exists to help all visually impaired undergraduates and graduates find jobs with some of the big names in business.
Business Disability Forum - UK employers’ organisation focusing on recruiting and retaining disabled staff and improving services to disabled customers. The "About us" section includes a list of all members which can be used to identify potential employers.
Employers who are members of the Business Disability Forum are highlighted in MyCareerHub.
Shaw Trust is a national charity which supports disabled people to prepare for work and find jobs. Its student and graduate scheme has placement and graduate opportunities with major employers which are open only to disabled people.
British Dyslexia Association - a comprehensive website with advice on finding and applying for jobs, how and when to tell employers about dyslexia and dyslexia support in the workplace. The website also has advice for students in Higher Education.
National Autistic Society (NAS) - leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. The NAS offers specialist employment support, including coaching, skills development, CVs and applications.
Number 6 - A service for people with Autism or Asperger Syndrome living in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Number 6 offers many services, including work placement.
IntoWork - aims to create an equal, barrier-free labour market. Into Work is currently running a project which provides employment consultancy and support services in Edinburgh and Lothians.
MIND - is the mental health charity in England and Wales. As well as providing a range of advice and support, it also has specific advice for job applicants.
A few others...
Access to Work scheme - gives you and your employer advice and support with extra costs which may arise because of your needs at work or through the recruitment process. Employers are not always familiar with Access to Work. If you get familiar with it and how it can help you and the employer, this will help you in your applications and interviews.
Capability Scotland - provides a wide range of services to disabled people in Scotland.
Disability Rights UK - has a range of helpful factsheets including clear information on "Access to Work" support scheme and a good resource on disclosing disability. The section that contains publications by Radar includes a useful publication called "Doing Careers Differently" .
Disabled Workers Cooperative - a not for profit organisation that aims to create a national database of disabled people offering a product or service. The website also has job vacancies and news and information for disabled workers.
Jobcentre Plus - provides support and advice for disabled people seeking employment.
Remploy - employment opportunities for disabled people