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Disability as an asset

Jul 7, 2022.

As part of its “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” strategy, Generali is taking part in MyAbility Talent. The programme puts highly qualified students with disabilities in touch with companies. One of our participants last year was David, who completed an internship with us after the programme. In this interview, he talks about his experiences.

David, what made you apply for MyAbility?

I really liked the concept of MyAbility. Especially the personalised application coaching and the chance to meet lots of companies at Matching Day. The tips and tricks from my coaching came in handy right away when talking to recruiters.

 

During the successful talks, I agreed to a job shadowing role. This type of training provides a good opportunity to find out more about the company and its culture, the team and the actual work.

 

Through MyAbility, you met several companies in a speed interview. Why did you choose Generali?

I got on well with the interviewers during the speed interview. That led to me being invited to take part in Shadowing Day. It was very useful, as it gave me a better feel for the company and the team. In particular, I like the friendly and supportive team members, the positive team culture and the management style. That is why I chose Generali.

 

You started an internship at Generali after the trial days. How have you found it so far?

I am very glad that I took the opportunity, as I have learned a lot on both a professional and a personal level. The team has been very kind and welcoming, and they have made time for me whenever I have needed something explained. I really feel like I have become part of the team and the Generali family.

 

“It is important that you see yourself not as a person with a disability, but as an asset.”

 

 

What do you think is important when it comes to integrating people with disabilities into working life?

There are different levels that are equally important: the individual, the team and the management style. Mindset and self-perception are crucial. It is important that you don’t simply see yourself as a person with a disability, but as an asset. For example, I think I am a lot different from the hypothetical average person. I don’t feel like I have to differentiate myself any further.

 

At the team level, it is important that everyone feels supported and there is a culture of open communication. If the team spirit is good, it makes it much easier to integrate. Your colleagues should show a certain degree of understanding, so you don’t have to feel guilty if ever you can’t contribute as much.

 

The management style should be approachable and motivating. This makes it easier to go to your manager with problems. If these conditions are in place, there is nothing stopping you from doing well at work – whether you have a disability or not.

 

Generali is participating in the MyAbility programme again this year. Do you have any tips for those taking part?

Go into the one-on-one coaching with enthusiasm and curiosity. Be flexible and don’t just have your sights set on one particular company from the start. Look at as many companies as possible. If an opportunity for an internship presents itself, then take it. This will give you a much greater insight.

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