16-25 and thinking about your future? See My Skills: How to Land Your Dream Job! Sat 26 Mar, 10-12:40pm, Online

See My Skills: How to Land Your Dream Job!

Looking for your first step on the career ladder or are you ready to move your vocation into the fast lane? See My Skills: How to land your dream job will give you the tools to jumpstart your career - hold on to your seats!

Are you?

  • In school and considering your future career?
  • Thinking about your first steps into work but unsure where to start?
  • Already in work and want to know what support is out there?

Then join Vision Foundation and LOOK to build your knowledge toolkit at our online event which covers everything you could ever want to know about landing your dream job.

Image of Chris McCausland with a blue shirt on smiling at the camera

Kicking off our conference we are absolutely delighted to announce, stand-up comedian and actor, Chris McCausland in conversation with vlogger and influencer, Lucy Edwards.

Hear about the highs and lows of Chris and Lucy’s journey to becoming successful on-screen personalities and their top tips for success.

If you want to put your questions to Chris and Lucy, tweet us using #SeeMySkills.

When?

Saturday 26 March 2022, 10am – 12.40pm

Where?

You choose! This conference is online so join us wherever you have wifi. You will need a Zoom account, though. You can find out more about accessing Zoom, here.

Welcome from your hosts …

Photo shows Charlotte sitting in a white canvas and wooden framed directors-style chair in a garden with greenery in the background. She wears a blue shirt, white jeans and is holding a white cane whilst smiling at the camera.

Charlotte is the Director of LOOK – a charity supporting visually impaired children to thrive. LOOK offers a unique and pioneering peer mentoring programme linking visually impaired children with a blind mentor.

Through mentoring, workshops and fun events, LOOK aims to beat isolation and ensure that every child lives their best life.

Photo shows a headshot of Olivia in front of a white background. She is a white woman with blond hair and is wearing a short sleeved dark blue shirt and smiling at the camera.

As Chief Executive at the Vision Foundation, Olivia is responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation, supporting the teams to raise significant funds and make significant noise.

Ensuring that everything we do has the greatest possible impact for London’s partially sighted and blind people.

Breakout sessions: 

Writing the perfect CV and honing interview skills.

Your CV is the very first opportunity for a prospective employer to find out how your skills and experience match what they are looking for. The interview is where you can tell them why you are their perfect employee. During this session Jurgen, a top recruitment consultant, will share his top tips for success and explain how you can use the STAR+L technique to ace those interview questions.

In addition we’ll hear from Naqi and Ussud as they discuss the challenges they faced when applying for roles.

CV writing and interview skills guest speakers:

Image of Jurgen Donaldson sat outside with a blue puffer jacket on. Text Jurgen Donaldson, Senior talent specialist at SWIFT, LOOK and Vision Foundation logo at the top of the page

Jurgen has been in the talent acquisition and recruitment industry for the last 17 years, working for the likes of JP Morgan, Legal & General and Citigroup.

Jurgen lost his eyesight in August 2019 as a result of a brain tumour, since then he has become an active advocate for visually impaired people in the United Kingdom, working with the Vision Foundation on a variety of national campaigns.

Image of Naqi Rizvi in a grey suit, white shirt and blue spot tie, text Naqi Rizvi Propositions Manager at Barclays, LOOK and Vision Foundation logo at the top of the page.

Naqi Rizvi works as a Propositions Manager at Barclays in the Students team joining the firm as a graduate in 2017. He also sits on the management team of the firm’s disability, mental health and neurodiversity Employee Resource Group.

Naqi has other interests in championing the colleague voice, as such, he is the Customer and D&I rep on the Barclays UK Colleague Council and was heavily involved in guiding the future ways of working approach for the disability, mental health and neurodiversity agenda.

Naqi is very passionate about inclusion and won a global Barclays award for his work in this space in 2018.

Outside of work, Naqi is a keen sportsman and presently ranks 3rd in the world in the men’s category for blind tennis. He also plays goalball, runs long-distance and cycles on his tandem bike.

He is a keen public speaker and has spoken in two TEDx talks as well as international conferences. Featuring in newspapers and on television in India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the UK are just some of his achievements.

Naqi is blind but he believes that even though he has lost his sight, he hasn’t lost his vision. He believes that he is differently-abled and wants to show the world that disability is not the same as inability.

Image of a person sat at a table with a coffee cup and writing pad and pen in front of them, text Ussud Ali Student, LOOK and Vision Foundation logo at the top of image.

Ussud is a student and currently works part-time as a youth support guide within a youth centre for young people with specialist needs.

Ussud is continually applying for jobs, mainly through LinkedIn, and has had a range of experiences at interviews and assessments too.

Navigating Access to Work.

The Access to Work grant is an invaluable resource for empowering visually impaired people with the equipment and support they need in the workplace. But we know that applying and using Access to Work can be a daunting and complicated process. Find out what the scheme is about and how to apply, what to do to prepare for your assessment, and who can help should you get stuck.

Access to Work guest speakers:

Image of Jim Benstead, text Jim Jim Benstead Assistive technology trainer and consultant with LOOK and Vision Foundation logo at the top

Jim has been working with assistive technology for almost nineteen years, including working as an Access to Work assessor between 2013 and 2019.

His current focus is on providing training and consultancy services for clients who use screen readers and screen magnification software.

Jim is particularly interested in helping assistive software users with two problems: firstly, navigating the Access to Work system in order to get the most suitable adjustments and training; secondly, ensuring that employers implement adjustments correctly.

Callum is the founder of CrystalEyes, a bespoke consultancy that helps broaden the horizons of people living with sight loss and other disabilities, allowing them to fulfil their potential in either higher education or employment.

Callum previously worked for Sight for Surrey and Surrey Police championing inclusivity.

He attended mainstream school before going to the University of Birmingham to study modern languages. He has travelled and volunteered widely, particularly in South America, and brings significant experience of undertaking work experience with a vision impairment.

Callum will also be joining us for our Work experience & Careers advice breakout session later in the day, sharing his expertise and careers guidance.

Image of Tom Norton, text Tom Norton RNIB CYPF Support Officer (London/South East England. LOOK and Vision Foundation logo at the top

Tom has worked with those who have vision impairments for 15 years, specialising in supporting teenagers, young adults, and the professionals around them through the transition from school into adulthood.

He focuses on consolidating information and making it as accessible as possible, helping others to make informed choices and take the actions that best suit them.

Tom will be talking us through what Access to Work is, how to apply and what to expect during the application process.

Organising Work Experience, Volunteering and Careers Advice.

Hear top tips on how to find work experience and volunteering opportunities. We’re offering solutions to the challenges facing visually impaired people looking for work experience, and hearing from those who’ve already successfully participated in these schemes. Getting the right careers advice is crucial and we’ll be exploring where you can find specialists who offer this as well as key takeaways.

Organising Work Experience, Volunteering and Careers Advice guest speakers:

Charlotte sitting in a white canvas and wooden framed directors-style chair in a garden with greenery in the background. She wears a blue shirt, white jeans and is holding a white cane whilst smiling at the camera.

Charlotte is the Director of LOOK – a charity supporting visually impaired children to thrive. LOOK offers a unique and pioneering peer mentoring programme linking visually impaired children with a blind mentor.

Through mentoring, workshops and fun events, LOOK aims to beat isolation and ensure that every child lives their best life.

Charlotte’s background is in disability equality and journalism. She began losing her sight aged seven. She is married with two daughters and loves wild swimming, yoga and cooking.

Image of Jess Clements in a grey top, text Jess Clements Coordinator at Blind in Business, LOOK and Vision Foundation logo at the top

Jess works with VI students, helping them with work experience, higher education, and employment. She also works with employers to ensure VI candidates have every chance of success in the workplace.

Jess is passionate about removing barriers for VI young people, being partially sighted herself she has been determined to make sure that her Visual Impairment is not a barrier in her career or personal life!

Saima is an employment coach working for a charity that supports people with disabilities to access employment, education or training. She previously worked in marketing but always in the charity sector.

Saima has a degree in English literature and creative writing, she originally planned to go into teaching before changing her mind after her studies.

She’s a huge bookworm and loves cooking.

Saima will also be joining the Plenary session later in the day.

Image of Tara Chattaway, text Tara Chattaway Head of Education for Thomas Pocklington Trust, LOOK and Vision Foundation logo at the top

Tara Chattaway is Head of Education for Thomas Pocklington Trust.

She’s worked in the charity sector for almost 20 years, 13 of which have been in the sight loss sector. Tara has a strong background in policy, campaigning and service delivery.

As part of the Education offer for TPT, Tara manages their Student Support Service, which provides information, advice and guidance for blind and partially sighted young people aged 11+ in secondary, further and higher education.

Building Tech Skills.

Having the right tech skills at the right time is the first step to landing your dream job. Learn which skills you need and how to get them. Hear practical stories about using tech in the workplace. We can’t wait for you to meet our panel of tech-perts!

Building Tech Skills guest speakers:

Image of Ben Mustill-Rose, text Ben Mustill-Rose Software Engineer working at the BBC in Manchester. LOOK and Vision Foundation logo at the top

Ben is a totally blind software engineer working at the BBC in Manchester.

Outside of work he spends a considerable amount of time volunteering for charitable causes related to getting children into STEM subjects and IT recycling but is also a keen runner and swimmer.

Image of Sydney May, text Sydney May Mentor Project Officer, LOOK UK, LOOK and Vision Foundation logo at the top

Sydney works for LOOK UK as Mentor Project Officer for the Sussex area and Blatchington Court Trust as a Life Coach and Assistive Technology Trainer.

Sydney works with secondary school students with severe vision impairments teaching them how to use computers and other devices with screen reading technology.

Sydney is passionate about her work, technology is a huge part of her life and has allowed her to lead a more independent life, that and her much-loved guide dog Mac.

Image of John-Paul Anderson standing in front of a brick wall wearing a black suit, grey shirt and dark tie and sunglasses and holding his cane. Text John-Paul Anderson Founder of Senclude.

Founder of Senclude John-Paul Anderson has worked in the visual impairment/disability sector for over 15 years. He has helped hundreds of young people navigate education as well as the workplace.

Senclude delivers a range of services that focus on inclusion, support, training and consultancy. Ensuring meaningful and ethical business practice always, Senclude hopes to help others in achieving their goals.

Image of Matt Johnson wearing a grey suit with dark blue shirt smiling at the camera, text Matt Johnson Data Privacy and IT Lawyer, LOOK and Vision Foundation logo at the top of the page

Matt is a data privacy and IT lawyer working for an international top 20 law firm.

The team Matt is part of deals with data protection and regulatory work across at least 10 countries. Working in such a fast-paced and intense environment means that he has to have a thorough understanding of all the technologies he uses and pick up new tech skills quickly.

Matt has been blind from birth and is a passionate advocate for accessible technology, and a firm believer in the adage that even though technology cannot solve all our problems, it can be the lens through which the answers to those problems can be found.

A Foot in the Door with Disability Placement Schemes.

In this session you will hear first-hand from successful candidates about their experiences of landing their dream placements: how they navigated any challenges, and tangible tips for sourcing placement opportunities and standing out from the crowd. At the employer end, we pull out what it means to be an inclusive workplace. Our panellists will provide insight into the Kickstart scheme, BBC and Change 100 placement schemes.

Disability Placement Schemes guest speakers:

Image of Elin sat down in a green top, text Elin Williams Volunteer Development Coordinator, LOOK UK, LOOK and Vision Foundation logo at the top

Volunteer Development Coordinator at LOOK UK, and an alumnus of the Change100 internship, Elin has worked with the Royal College of Radiologists within their Conference and Programmes team, supporting the organisation of their annual national conference.

This was her first paid role which took her out of my comfort zone, but was an invaluable learning experience. Elin credits the Change 100 internship with giving her the drive and focus that led to the volunteering and employment opportunities she’s had since then.

Image of Steph Cutler standing with a wall behind her in a bright blue top, text Steph Cutler Founder of Making Lemonade Consultancy, LOOK and Vision Foundation logo at the top of the page.

Steph runs a disability inclusion consultancy called Making Lemonade.

She supports disabled people to get in, and on, in work and co-delivers a highly successful career development programme for disabled colleagues.

In addition, she provides training to line managers of disabled colleagues.

An innovative entrepreneur she has won acclaim for her approach and commitment to disability equality as a leadership trainer, coach and professional speaker.

Steph made the Shaw Trust’s Disability100 Power list in 2018 and has been a judge on subsequent Power Lists. She is a Clore Social Leadership fellow.

Image of Kevin Stizabal wearing a black suit with white shirt and pale grey tie, text Kevin Stizabal, Production trainee at BBC, LOOK and Vision Foundation logo at the top of the page.

Kevin has worked in marketing and communications for three national charities these roles have enabled him to develop valuable copywriting and blogging experience as well as knowledge of using social media and email platforms.

His passion for blogging, writing copy for websites, social media management, teaching, and playing in music ensembles, has allowed him to engage with people as individuals on a personal and professional level.

Kevin is also a talented musician with a Bachelor of Music with Honours degree from Birmingham Conservatoire.

Plenary

This inspirational session brings together a fantastic mix of talent highlighting their personal and diverse journeys to seeking employment. We hear from a lawyer, employment coach, software engineer and opera singer about overcoming challenges and practical tips for resilience and effective self-advocacy.

Hear from visually impaired people who are excelling in their chosen careers and ask questions to find out how they landed their dream jobs.

Plenary guest speakers:

Image of Peter White outside in a stadium smiling with a stripped scarf around his neck, a blue V-neck jumper and pale blue shirt on. Text Peter White BBC Radio 4 presenter & the BBC's Disability Affairs correspondent. LOOK and Vision Foundation logo at the top of the page.
Image from BBC.co.uk

Blind since birth, Peter attended New College Worcester where he was a regular presenter on BBC Radio Solent from the station’s launch in 1971.

He currently presents BBC Radio 4 programmes ‘You and Yours’ and ‘In Touch’, a programme for blind and partially sighted people, and regularly contributes to other science, news and educational programmes to talk about disabilities.

Since 1995 Peter has been the BBC’s Disability Affairs Correspondent. He was the first totally blind person to produce reports for television news.

Over the last decade, he has written four series of autobiographical talks for Radio 4, as well as the acclaimed series No Triumph, No Tragedy. In 1999 he published his autobiography See it My Way.

Image of Umar Kayani with text Umar Kayani Senior Software Engineer In Test, LOOK and Vision Foundation logo at the top

Umar has always been into IT ever since he was young and managed to wipe out Windows within 3 days of owning a PC!

Umar is passionate about having transparent communication about how inclusive the tech space has become over the last few years.

Image of Saima Akhtar, text Saima Akhtar Employment Coach, LOOK and Vision Foundation logo at the top.

Saima is an employment coach working for a charity that supports people with disabilities to access employment, education or training. She previously worked in marketing but always in the charity sector.

Saima has a degree in English literature and creative writing, she originally planned to go into teaching before changing her mind after her studies.

She’s a huge bookworm and loves cooking.

Joining Peter, Saima and Umar on the panel are Michael Smith and Victoria Oruwari.

Click below and book your free place today!

Free Prize Draw!

You will have the opportunity to enter a free prize draw to win one of two HP laptops. The winners will be randomly selected at the end of the conference, so be sure to stay until the end to find out if your name is called!

Event Media Policy

  1. a) This online event will be recorded to comply with LOOK UK and Vision Foundation’s safeguarding policies.
  2. b) LOOK UK and Vision Foundation reserves the right to use any media clips captured during the event e.g. photograph, video, audio and/or quotes for use in publicity/promotional material e.g. social media, website, newsletters and/or marketing materials.
  3. c) LOOK UK must seek consent from all persons included in any media clips ahead of using any media clips in any publicity/promotional material.
  4. d) Participants reserve the right to ask LOOK UK to refrain from using any media clips containing the participants voice/image in any publicity/promotional material.

Event Code of conduct and Safeguarding Policy

  1. This event will be recorded in accordance with our safeguarding policy. Recordings are stored securely and destroyed after a set period of time if no safeguarding concerns are reported.
  2. Participants should desist from any abuse, bullying or harassment, inappropriate behaviour or use of foul language.
  3. Participants should Treat all event participants with respect and without discrimination or prejudice.
  4. Participants should respect the confidentiality of all event participants, and to refrain from sharing contact information or personal details without consent.
  5.  Any complaints or safeguarding concerns will be reported to, and actioned by the event safeguarding leads, Charlotte Carson, CEO, charlotte@look-uk.org and Olly Minton, Director of Finance and Resources ominton@visionfoundation.org.uk
  6. The event organisers online event facilitator(s) reserve the right to terminate any person(s) participation in this event if we feel that their behaviour does not comply with the terms stated above.
  7. The event organisers reserves the right to prevent participation in this event if we deem that any person(s) are not part of the event’s target audience. Where appropriate, the event organisers will be in touch to offer alternative opportunities that may be better suited to an individual’s needs/interests.
  8. Any person(s) found to falsify information in order to gain access to the event will be immediately removed and participation in any future events will be at the discretion of the event organisers

Event Details

Saturday 26 March 2022, 10am – 12.40pm

Free

Online

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