I take seriously every opportunity that comes my way to get work experience.
This has included being asked to present at conferences about my life experiences and invited to Dundee University to deliver a lecture, take part in a seminar on accessible learning and present to their expert user group. Examples of my presentations between 2006 and to date can be found under presentations.
In 2009 I was part of the team that interviewed candidates for The Communication Champion role following The Bercow Review (2008) Speech, Language and Communication Needs of Children and Young People in England. Jean Gross was appointed for two years by the Department of Education from 2010 to 2012.
I have used my personal contacts during 2012 to arrange days shadowing and talking to people working in the different fields I have considered as career options. This includes 2 days at Meru, a small charity who make resources for disabled children that are not commercially available. A day talking with policy makers at The Department of Work and Pensions and I have time planned with a company who design and manufacture communication aids.
The week I spent in Strasbourg in October 2012 with the European Network on Independent Living Youth Group was less conventional work experience but an amazing insight into campaigning and lobbying as a career. It was great to get to present our recommendations to MEPs at the Council of Europe.