Google Europe TechAbility – Business, November 2012

I first heard of EmployAbility through an email flyer. EmployAbility help disabled students apply for interns and graduate jobs with some renowned international companies. While I am still in the early stages of deciding my career path, although it will lie in the technology sector, EmployAbility offers disabled students a day insight into some of the most highly prestigious companies in the UK.

EmployAbility offered a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into Google. I couldn’t believe my luck when, against all odds, I applied for and secured a place on the Google Europe TechAbility Business 2012 programme. This sort of programme is always competitive and I thought, due to complexity of my disability, this would affect my chances.

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 gives disabled students unique opportunities into a career of their choice and I feel fortunate to have found mine at Google.

Now I look forward to starting my technology leadership journey on the Google TechAbility Europe Mentoring Programme.

Julie McElroy, PhD in Assistive Technology and Education, University of the West of Scotland

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