How Accenture supports people with disabilities in the workplace

How Accenture supports people  with disabilities in the workplace
Posted on Mon 21 Jun 2021

Accenture is a long-term Corporate Partner of Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Accenture is committed to inclusion and diversity and is an equal opportunities employer, encouraging people with disabilities to explore job vacancies at their organisation.

We interviewed Jasmina, an Analyst in the Accenture Melbourne office, to hear from her what it is like working at Accenture and how they support her in her role. Jasmina was born with severe-to-profound hearing loss and wears hearing aids in both ears.

She graduated Monash University with a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science in 2018. She applied for a bunch of jobs, but it took two years before she found full-time work at Accenture.

‘Graduate programs are very competitive, with thousands of applicants vying for very few spots. But some of the recruitment processes put me at a disadvantage. For example, one recruiter showed applicants a video without captions, and then asked us to present on the video. I could only go off visual cues.’

She began her journey at Accenture as a graduate in February 2020.

‘After someone referred me to Accenture, I received a call, inviting me to the recruitment process.

As a person with hearing loss, phone calls are a nightmare. I explained to the recruiter that I had hearing impairment, and he was friendly and understanding. When I asked him if we could communicate via email instead of phone call, he said sure! HR was very accommodating throughout. It made me want to work for them.’

Her current role is Application Development Analyst. In other words, she’s a ‘tester’.

‘I test software for any bugs, and report any I find to a developer for them to fix. I essentially ensure the software is good to go to market.

I like that Accenture offers me the flexibility to try out a developer or a business analyst role if I want to, but at the moment I’m doing a testing role.’

Jasmina’s favourite thing about working at Accenture is that they encourage employees across the globe to connect. They strongly promote employee communities centred around hobbies and interests.

‘I am part of a language program with people from Italy, Japan, Germany and the UK. We are all learning a language together!

There is also a community for people with disability, and their carers. It’s empowering, knowing there are other colleagues with disability and that you’re not alone. Together, we can learn how to navigate challenges in the workforce.’

She feels supported in her role, because her needs are accommodated, she can request extra assistance through the staff intranet, and each person has a support person assigned to them.

She has some great tips for other young people with disability entering the workforce:

‘Firstly, be a strong advocate for yourself, because only you know what’s best for you and what accommodations you need.

Secondly, I encourage you to disclose your disability. Most people are generally understanding. By disclosing, and having your needs accommodated for, you feel included and supported.

Thirdly, be persistent. It took me two years to find full-time work.

Lastly, having a disability gives you skills that enable you to overcome challenges. So see your disability as a strength, not as a limitation. Be confident and believe in yourself.

And don’t forget to take care of yourself, drink water, get enough sleep, enjoy your hobbies and spend time with your support network so you can be your best self and put your best foot forward.’  

Accenture encourages people with disabilities to apply through their general job board. You can also get in touch directly with Liam Somers from the Accenture recruitment team on: l.somers@accenture.com  or 03 8662 9730.

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