Students with a disability often experience a conflict between disclosing their disability to a potential employer, and fear of discrimination in the application and interview process. Generalised career workshops within the university have not covered this information and these workshops aim to "fill the gap" for students with a disability transitioning into the workplace.
"My Career Success" is a workshop for students at the University of South Australia and provides students with: knowledge about their rights and responsibilities around disclosure; an opportunity for them to develop a "personal disclosure plan" for how and when they might disclose their disability in the job seeking and application process; an opportunity to ask questions to an experienced panel of people from organisations outside the university, from both commercial and government sectors; and resume and job seeking advice. From evaluations, students have reported they gained both the confidence and information to develop and use their own personal disclosure plan. This paper will discuss relevant literature, the rationale behind "My Career Success" workshops at the University of South Australia, workshop content, and student evaluation and feedback.
|Keywords:||University, Careers, Students, Disability, Disclosure, Career development, Transition|
Disability Adviser, Learning and Teaching Unit, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia