Updated: Nov 22
We are excited to share a testimonial from Grace Hill, highlighting her experience with Blind Ambition and their employment webinar series.
Grace Hill, a 23-year-old with visual impairment, recently embarked on a transformative career journey with Blind Ambition, partly supported by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). Grace's story showcases the effectiveness of targeted support and personalised coaching in navigating uncertainty and finding a fulfilling career path.
The Turning Point: BlindAmbition Webinars
Grace's engagement with BlindAmbition began with their Employment Webinar Series, delivered in collaboration with RNIB. These webinars provided a refreshing departure from the traditional career advice she had previously received. Fun, interactive, and diverse, they created a safe space for honest learning and sharing. Topics covered practical skills such as interview techniques, finding support workers, and personal development, including preparing for work.
Personal Coaching Experience
The pivotal aspect of Grace's journey was her one-on-one coaching sessions with Seema, Founder and Managing Director for Blind Ambition, sponsored by RNIB. These goal-oriented sessions helped Grace maintain focus despite low motivation. They also provided structure and routine, which were crucial as Grace navigated life outside the educational system for the first time. These sessions went beyond job searching; they aimed to improve Grace's life as a visually impaired individual.
Although Grace initially faced unsuccessful job interview attempts, she viewed these experiences as valuable lessons. She learned the importance of maintaining honesty while managing her unique challenges. Grace secured her dream job on her third interview through persistence and resilience.
Grace's Current Role
Grace currently serves as a People Participation Champion in a local NHS trust, advocating for the inclusion of service users' voices in their care. Her employment in this role represents a professional accomplishment and a personal growth journey.
Grace highly recommends Blind Ambition's approach, emphasising its effectiveness compared to traditional career guidance. She appreciates the additional support the RNIB's endorsement delivered. She states, "I would say go for it 100%. Blind Ambition's program is unlike the career lessons you learned in school. They're not just going to give you a leaflet and let you find your way. Blind Ambition helps you realise your goals and find your passion."
Grace Hill's experience with Blind Ambition exemplifies the profound impact of holistic and personalised support for individuals with disabilities. The collaboration with RNIB further underscores the significance of comprehensive and inclusive career guidance programs. Grace's journey from uncertainty to finding a fulfilling career path serves as an inspiration and beacon of hope for many others facing similar challenges.
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