Nichola Ware is the Community Engagement Consultant with Maxima Disability Employment Services and a Curtin University Specialist Employment Partner (USEP). USEP is a collaborative program preparing and connecting tertiary students with disability to employment relevant to their qualifications.
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What do you do outside of work for fun or relaxation?
I have a motorbike that I use recreationally, so I’m looking forward to nice weather. My fun and relaxation constantly changes – I’m currently into playing pool, yoga, hiking, socialising and traveling. I also host family support every four to five weeks.
What do you love about your job?
I just love people and so, in this role, I not only get to engage with people from all different backgrounds, cultures & abilities, I am also fortunate to guide and support them to find and sustain meaningful employment of their choice.
What are your top tips for students with disability seeking employment opportunities?
Share what you need to when you need to. For example, you don’t have to disclose your disability in your resume or cover letter. Obviously, if you’re asked to attend a meeting at a building with no access ramp and you’re physically incapable of walking up the stairs, you’ll have to tell the interviewer ahead of time—and when you do, point out that you’re really looking forward to explaining how your skills and expertise would be a tremendous asset to the company.
Focus on your strengths, abilities and the skill set you bring to a role. Ask yourself ‘What am I good at?’, ‘What skills & experiences do I already have?’ for example.
Internships, work experience and volunteering are a great way to learn new skills, gain industry experience and apply the things you’re studying in a real-world workplace, and to enhance your resume.
You can book an appointment with Nichola via UniHub. Available every second Wednesday from 9am to 12pm, you can chat to Nichola in-person, via video or over the phone.
Nichola can provide advice or initial consultation meetings even if you are not eligible for funded supports such as Disability Employment Service (DSE) or National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) yet.