I'm looking for some advice on telling future employers about disability/health issues.
I'm coming to the end of my time at university and have just started applying for jobs. My supervisor is helping me with my applications but he's unsure how to handle the issue of disclosing disability and I was wondering if anyone here had advice.
I'm going to have to say something because my course has taken 5 years instead of 3 due to multiple hospital admissions, time off and problems associated with another disability I have. My disability/health records read pretty badly and make me look really sick, but I know I can cope with the positions I am applying for and they are jobs I want so much I don't want to put myself at a disadvantage.
I'm happy to tick the disability box on the equal opps form, but this doesn't normally go to the selection panel so I need to write something in my application. Does anyone have any suggestions about what to write? One position I'm applying for says the employer is keen to increase the number of disabled employees, but there doesn't seem to be any process within the application to address this? :s
I feel really torn. I have to say something. I want to be totally honest as I don't feel I have anything to hide and would rather be open from the start, BUT, I'm scared I might not even get to the interview stage if they read that I have a disability/health issue.
What do I say in my application?