The 7th annual Education to Employment (E2E) event runs from this Wednesday (12th August) until Friday 14th, bringing together 20 blind students and an impressive array of employers including Ernst and Young, Clifford Chance, and Teach First. Organised by the charity Blind in Business, which helps visually impaired graduates into employment, E2E this year takes place at the Manor Hotel in Godalming, and will give the students the opportunity to sample water-skiing at the nearby Heron Lake. Activities in previous years have including skiing and rock-climbing.
Over the three days, the organisers hope to convince both students and employers that the graduate job market, much like water-skiing, is a challenge that can be met as confidently and successfully by visually-impaired students as by any other graduate. As well as providing a valuable opportunity for the students and companies to get to know each other, Blind in Business will be exhibiting the technologies which enable blind workers to access the same information as other employees. Recruiters will learn more about how to attract and accommodate blind graduates, whilst the students themselves should emerge with the skills and confidence to put in successful job applications.
Feargus Macdaeid attended E2E in 2008, and has since secured a position at Allen and Overy. He describes the event as: ‘Awesome! I was really impressed by firms that previously I would never have considered applying to. I gathered a lot of information and gained an insight into what employers were looking for. I was totally filled with confidence.’
According to Andy Flack, Employment Manager at Blind in Business: ‘Attracting disabled graduates is a challenge for many firms. Education To Employment taps into an alternative pipeline of talent in an exciting and interesting way. At the same time our candidates are able to talk to recruiters away from flashy graduate recruitment literature and discover the opportunities available at each firm.’