Careers Support for Disabled and Neurodivergent Students
According to the Oxford University Disability Advisory Service, more than 20% of the student population recorded a disability on their University student record in the last academic year. As Oxford University's primary point of support on all things careers and employability, we aim to provide tailored guidance to all Oxford students and researchers who identify as having a disability, neurodivergence or long-term health condition.
Every term, we plan a variety of events including sessions to help you explore your options, programmes to develop your skills, and sessions to help you build confidence. Making the most of these opportunities while balancing academic work can be tricky. Doing all this while navigating extra challenges such as deciding if and how to talk to employers about a disability or neurodivergence can be particularly demanding. Here are some of the ways in which we can support you.
Transitioning to the Workplace with Confidence for Disabled and Neurodivergent Students
Online session on Thursday, 9 February 2023, from 16:00-17:30
This session will cover the essential skills you need to start work with confidence. We will share tools and tips to help you plan your first three months and navigate a new workplace. We will also explore some of the wider challenges such as reading company culture and being yourself at work.
Talking to Employers About a Disability, Neurodivergence or Health Condition: If, When and How
Online session on Wednesday, 22 February 2023, from 14:00-15:00
If, when, and how to tell an employer about a disability, neurodivergence or long-term health condition is a frequently-asked questions at the Careers Service. In this session, we will discuss the pros and cons of being open and offer advice about how to approach the topic with prospective employers. We will also consider recruitment and workplace adjustments and how to ask for them.
Tailored careers advice
There is no "one size fits all" approach to disability so we offer a range of options, including:
- Individual appointments with our disability careers advisers to discuss your individual circumstances.
- Written guidance as well as a list of external resources on our website.
- Dedicated events covering topics such as if and how to talk about disability with employers, how to ask for adjustments, tips to help you transition to the workplace with confidence, among many others.