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Disability significantly affected high school/college/uni ....

 
#1 Disability significantly affected high school/college/uni ....
28/09/2011 13:27

Adam

So much so that i believe my grades were affected.

I was diagnosed with MS at just 17 and have had MS symptoms since i was 14-15 (not as severe as now).

The nature of the deteriorating disease + the emotional affect it had on me has hampered both my studies and quality of life during my education.

Being the discreet private person I unfortunately am never disclosed my illness to the school/college/uni,

and from the untrained eye would not suspect it back then

So i obtained all my GCSEs (2 A's, 3B's, 5C's) 3 A Levels (CDD) 1 AS Level (D) and a degree (2:2)

- i had to resit the 2nd year of college - the year i was diagnosed as i missed lots of classes as a result of being incapacitated.

These are mediocre/poor grades and my MS is not an excuse but i do know how much MS affected my life and education and by just explaining all my symptoms others would understand why it did.

at the beginning of the 3rd year at college i had a time of 3-4 months where my symptoms were significantly improved however by February i had a big relapse.

in the January exams i got an A and B in the 2 exams i sat then.

I feel this shows my ability when MS is not controlling my life.

Unfortunately those 3 months were the only time i can say MS didnt control my life.

So since graduation (2008 ) i have been working from home trading shares on the stock market. (Retail Investor - self-taught)

- i have also been in and out of hospitals accross Europe having experimental treatments.

I am now in a position to start my career and want to pursue it in accountancy.

- i am in the process of getting some experience in book keeping as a relative is an auditor.

As my grades are fairly weak for accounting i was considering lying about my a levels / degree but i really dont want to, and its not in my nature to lie.

but i dont want employers to see my grades and presume i am not intelligent / not competent for the role.

I was wondering if i could say anything or add anything to my CV or application to explain my poor grades.

i dont want this to sound like an excuse , but MS really affected me from a young age and its only been a few months since ive accepted my disability and take a medicine which greatly slows down the progression.

i can provide medical evidence for my history to the employer if this would help.

- my MS affects my mobility most so i will use a wheelchair or crutches, the employer shouldnt be concerned about my disability affecting my work and any related absences now that i have developed as a person and taking an effective treatment.

thank you

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#2 RE: Disability significantly affected high school/college/uni ....
29/09/2011 12:53

Tony Restell (Top-Consultant.com) to Adam (#1)

Adam - really feel for your situation. I assume you've ended up on this forum from searching for "Deloitte", "KPMG" or similar; whilst these businesses are clients of ours, it's the consulting side of their businesses that work with us and not the auditing side. Similarly our readers are all working in (or aspiring to work in) the consulting industry, so tackling questions about becoming an auditor isn't really something I'd usually expect our readership to be able to help with I'm afraid.

I genuinely have no idea how realistic it is for you to secure this type of career. On a positive note, though, I would say that most of the big audit / consulting firms do take equality of opportunity very seriously. I would try approaching a couple of them verbally to see what special procedures they might have in place to consider applicants with disabilities. You may find there are some special routes into the firms. Or alternatively you could approach an accounting body like ICAEW to see what insights they can provide regarding such initiatives.

Wish you every success in fulfilling this aspiration.

Tony Restell

Top-Consultant.com

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#3 RE: Disability significantly affected high school/college/uni ....
29/09/2011 13:31

GrayArea to Tony Restell (Top-Consultant.com) (#2)

You could take a standardised test like the GMAT or GRE to prove your grades are not a proper reflection of your intellectual capacity. For these tests you should aim very high.

Whilst these tests are not what is normally requested or expected, you may have to arm yourself with more data/evidence for HR teams to look at you.

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