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What is it like to work for Deafness Support Network?

Category: disability, Achievements, British Sign Langauage, Career Development, Deafness Support Network, deaf

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My name is Akebe and I am 26 years old.

I firstly wanted to say that I was honoured when asked to write a piece about when I started working here, my job and about DSN as I always have the upmost praise for the company and the people involved.

It started when I was wanting to further my career in British Sign Language as I had just enrolled on the Level 6 Diploma in British Sign Language and I started looking at various jobs and roles across the country in October 2016. I went for various interviews at various organisations, company’s, schools and colleges and was offered around 3 different jobs which I was really interested in and was looking forward to deciding which I would prefer. I then saw an advert for a job at DSN as a PCA/Trainee Interpreter, I knew a few people who already worked at DSN so I was already aware about the organisation and I had studied under DSN from my pre Level 3 and up to my current course Level 6 Diploma. I was so excited about this interview and really wanted to excel and join the team at DSN as what could be better than working for a company that specifically focuses on a range of Deaf people and Deaf culture, I was then offered the job the next day I was so happy yet nervous at the same time.

I have now been working at DSN for nearly a year as my start date was January 3rd 2017, I would like to think I am very confident and competent in my job role and the work place which has been helped greatly by the staff and management at DSN.

I can quite often be working with various Deaf people in various buildings or settings, which makes the job challenging and interesting as everyday is not the same. I wouldn’t say there is one specific part I like best about my job role, I think everything that I do I gain great happiness and job satisfaction from this but providing access is the most important. In previous employment I have always struggled after weekends or holidays returning to work, yet with DSN I can honestly say I don’t wake up dreading to go to work I really do enjoy my job and most importantly the people and staff who are there.

I am a firm believer that in life it isn’t where you go or what you do, it’s about who is with you throughout that and it is great to have a good team that surrounds me at DSN. After all we spend more time with work colleagues than our families so I am so happy that DSN has such great people to be working with, I feel that is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job.

Not forgetting to mention my line manager who I cannot speak more highly of as she is irreproachable, she is one of the nicest people I have ever met and coming into work with support from a person like that there is no excuse to ever dislike working here.

There are lots of jobs and roles that need constant refresher training, updated training or development and I feel DSN really do excel when it comes to providing this. It is always in a comfortable, relaxed environment and again with access to all, when you are more comfortable and relaxed in the environment I feel I personally always learn quicker and feel it’s easier to take information in. Refreshments are always provided which lets be honest, is a must!

A nice cup of tea and biscuits to aid with any learning, then at lunch wonderful food with many variety’s and choices. Using my own past experience compared to other companies, I feel DSN has a great set up and all involved really try their upmost best for all involved in the company and this makes such a difference.

 

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VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please email info@vercida.com for more information.

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