Education to employment

Career information for students with a disability, ongoing illness or mental health condition

It is important to carefully prepare for the transition from university to employment. There are many resources available to you and we hope this page will help to get you started. The information below is disability-specific and we also encourage you to take advantage of the resources through Western Sydney University Careers.

Searching for a job

You will need to consider the impact of your disability during a number of steps in the job search process. If you have a visible disability you will need to prepare yourself to talk about it during an interview including how you can do the job and to advocate for reasonable adjustments.

If you have an invisible disability or do not need workplace adjustments, you will also need to decide whether to disclose – during the recruitment process, when you start work or not at all.

Applying for a job

When you apply for a job you must be able to show that you meet the selection criteria and that you can meet the inherent requirements of the job. It is also important to be able to talk to potential employers about your unique strengths and the skills you have gained managing your workload and life with a disability.

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Identify your strengths

Draw on what you have learnt from university about managing your academic studies and your disability simultaneously. Skills like time management, setting priorities, communication (self advocacy), team work and more!

Utilise our University Career Service

Job applications can be challenging. Get advice and access workshops about job searching, resumes, applications, and interviews. Visit the Careers webpage for more information.

Know your rights and responsibilities

Education to Employment (opens in a new window) is a Western Sydney University website for graduates with disabilities, there is a downloadable toolkit for use and the below resources can help you to make the best transition into employment:

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Further resources

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