I cannot express how much this event shaped my technology vision. Google have given me ideas and tools to apply my capability, and vision to take forward and hone-in my specialized field of assistive technology and my studies. It was simply an incredible day to be surrounded by Googlers (Google staff) who are fervent about what they do in the fast-paced digital technology industry.
EmployAbility is about much more than applying for jobs! Justin was excellent at providing help and support throughout the application process - from the form to the final interview. After I received an offer I was invited to an orientation event to enable me get the most from my internship. During the internship itself, I was offered further support and invited to attend networking events with EmployAbility alumni.
When I first became aware of the FSA Graduate Development Programme, I was extremely interested in finding out more but nervous about the application process. The support from Justin and everybody at EmployAbility gave me the confidence to apply and their help and advice from the original insight day to the application and then assessment centres was invaluable. I genuinely feel that I would not have been successful without this support.
Thanks to you and your excellent team for all of the hard work that you did on my behalf, from checking over my CV and helping me to prepare for my interviews. I am very happy that with this job offer I have been placed on the right path of my career progression. I would not hesitate to recommend EmployAbility to others (with disabilities)...
EmployAbility supported me the whole way through making applications. Justin was always able to help me through the process of letting employers know of my disability. The one thing I learnt from applying for graduate schemes is not to give up after facing rejections from companies and that EmployAbility will be there to help you [...]
I especially found the workshops useful and it was nice to be able to speak to other graduates about their experiences.
I think the work your organisation does can change people’s lives and has had a huge positive impact on my life.
EmployAbility is not just an organisation to make applications through. Over time you build up a relationship with each and every member of the team so that they come to know who you are and what your needs are.
Because of the direct approach EmployAbility has, I did not have to spend a lot of time explaining my situation to different employers and so a lot of stress and pressure was taken off me.
I was concerned about how to make potential employers aware of my disability and necessary adjustments for interviews and assessment centres. The support and encouragement I have had from EmployAbility has been fantastic and I have just found out that I will be starting a full time job on the FSA graduate programme next year.
I would recommend the EmployAbility team to any employers looking to attract talented disabled students to their organisations for their ability to use their knowledge, experience and expertise in the area of disability and employment to benefit both disabled students and employers alike.
I have now been offered a job on a graduate scheme and have no doubt that without the help, guidance and confidence from EmployAbility I would not have it! The team are always there to help and it is so nice to have someone you feel is on your side in what can be a very demoralising process.
Thank you so much for yesterday's event at Herbert Smith, it was incredibly useful and really refreshing to hear what you had to say.
Employability were so helpful when I got through to an assessment centre for an internship which I subsequently gained for the Summer vacation.
I have invited EmployAbility to run skills workshop sessions for the disabled participants for the past five years now. These sessions have always been well received by the students, who have found the information provided extremely useful. I have no hesitation in referring students to EmployAbility and highly recommend them.
I was amazed at how committed [EmployAbility] were to help me succeed.
Disability Awareness and Confidence Training, delivered by Tab Ahmad for Google Zurich technology recruiting staff, 13th April, 2011
Was just talking to some of the Recruiters in the library and one said "that disability tech talk was super super amazing, the best one I have ever been to at Google", her colleague replied "yes, only training session I have ever been to where people applauded at the end".
Disability Awareness and Confidence Training, delivered by Tab Ahmad for Google London recruiting staff, 6th April, 2011
Thanks again for coming in, the audience found it really useful!
Tab, Justin and Sarah were really supportive. They were professional, friendly and very encouraging. I attended the workshops they gave, and spoke to them individually for advice on applications.
Disability Awareness and Confidence Training, delivered by Tab Ahmad for Google London staff, 23 February, 2011
I wish I'd attended a session like this years ago, and I'll be evangelising it to my colleagues!