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Beyond the CV: Understanding the impact of disability on applying for jobs


Tuesday 17th April; 9.00am – 10.30am

Breakfast Seminar

Hosted by Macfarlanes; Central London

Applying for jobs is complex, challenging and time consuming for all applicants as they consider how to present themselves, what information to include and what examples to draw upon to demonstrate the required competencies / strengths. Add disability into the mix and it becomes even more complicated since disabled students often have another level of questions that are associated with their disability or health condition. Understanding these is crucial for employers wishing to attract disabled individuals to your organization and provide appropriate support through the recruitment process.

To enable you to build your understanding, this Breakfast Seminar will provide you with the opportunity to speak with a number of students and recent graduates who will talk from first hand experience about their disability, how it affects them, how they manage it and the impact it has had on their studies, extra-curricular activities and their time at university. They will also talk about how they feel regards applying for jobs and entering employment.

This Breakfast Seminar will also remind employers of the abilities, skills and strengths that individuals often develop as they manage their disability on a day to day basis in a world that isn’t always geared up for it; skills that are a huge asset in the workplace.

As ever, our Breakfast Seminar will be interactive with plenty of opportunity to engage in conversations with students and graduates and to ask any questions you may have.


o   Disability and student life
Helen Cooke, Director, My Plus Consulting, will start the seminar by sharing some insights she has gained in this area.

o   First hand experience
In small groups, individuals will talk about their personal experiences of having a disability and the implications for themselves.

o   Discussion
This is the opportunity for delegates to discuss in more depth what they have heard and to consider the implications on how they attract, recruit and support disabled students.


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Adam Dempsey

Adam is a trainee solicitor with Baker McKenzie. Before starting his career in Law, Adam studied Politics at Durham. During his time at university, Adam struggled with bouts of depression, upon which his condition was diagnosed for the first time. On moving to London, he volunteered for two years with a mental health helpline, serving for one year in their executive committee. Adam is involved in a mental health campaigns addressing associated stigmas in workplace environments, and is keen to improve access to mental health services. He believes it important to reduce the stigma around those suffering from mental health-related issues, and is involved with this project for that end. 


Deborah Brako-Amaoafo

Deborah is currently a second-year chemistry student at the university of surrey. At the university of surrey, she works as a student ambassador for the Widening participation and outreach programme, which works with people whose circumstances prevents them from going into higher education for example having a disability. In addition, Deborah also plays rugby, as well as being a member of the University of Surrey Christian union and the chemistry society.

Deborah was diagnosed with high-functioning autism with anxiety problems. Her autism affects every aspect of her life including studying, social life and her personal life. Her autism also affected her work life, especially when applying for one-year placements for the third year of her course. After first year, she designed and patented a device as part of a project that measures the concentration of food allergens when you are going out to eat for those with food allergies. This September she will be working at a chemical company in Worms, Germany called GRACE, in FCC catalysis research. After she graduates, she hopes to further study for a PhD in Chemistry and become a computational chemist.


Jasmine Rahmen

Jasmine is currently studying for her GDL at BPP Law school. Having read Anthropology at Durham University, she went on to secure a role with SABMiller through the Change100 Disability Internship programme. Following this, Jasmine was awarded a British Council & CRCC Asia Disability Scholarship to work in Marketing and Relationships with the British Council in Shanghai. Jasmine has a heart condition and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.


Mark Linnane

Mark Linnane is currently an LPC student at The University of Law, London. He previously spent eight years in the fine art world, working at Sotheby's auction house before pursuing a career in law. After experiencing a number of health conditions in 2016 Mark now has moderate hearing loss in both ears, which necessitate the permanent use of hearing aids. From this he became involved with Diversity Role Models, volunteering to provide a positive disabled LGBT+ presence in schools to tackle homophobic and minority bullying. He also co-founded The University of Law Moorgate's first LGBT+ society to raise awareness and representation for minority groups. 

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Mollie Rolfe

Mollie is currently a final year student at Liverpool John Moores University reading for a BA hons degree in Business Studies as well as being a campus brand manager for Enterprise Rent-a-car in the North West. During high school Mollie was tested for a learning disability however it was just put to visual stress. A few years later Mollie was then retested at Hereford sixth Form college and diagnosed with fairly severe dyslexia as well as being slightly dyspraxia. 

After her 2nd year of studies at LJMU Mollie completed a placement year with Enterprise Rent-a-Car as a management trainee for the West Midlands, where she also undertook a place within the disability committee in the Birmingham group. During her time in the disability committee Mollie wrote a blog on her experiences of being dyslexic and working for Enterprise Rent-a-Car, this blog was shared across social media and Mollie was asked to come and speak about her experience at the British Dyslexia Conference. During Mollie’s time at Enterprise Rent-a-Car she was nominated for the Women of the Future Awards in 2017, she featured in people management magazine for the January/February issue 2018 as well as receiving the highly commended award at the NUE awards for best placement student in February 2018.

Breakfast Seminars are exclusively for members of the Recruiter’s Club. They are ideal for anyone wishing to build their understanding of different types of disabilities and the impact it can have on the individual from study, extra curricular activities and the workplace.

MyPlus Recruiters’ Club Platinum and Gold members are entitled to 2 complimentary places.

If space permits additional places may be available to Platinum and Gold members. Alternatively additional places may be purchased by members at a reduced price of £175 +VAT

Silver members may purchase places at a reduced price of £175 + VAT

Contact to purchase places.