Like most people in their late 20’s early 30’s, I found myself in 2021 facing somewhat of an existential crisis. I was in a job that I enjoyed, but it wasn’t the job that I had trained for. As someone trained in a creative field, finding a job in that field without moving to a big city can be difficult. This was made even more difficult by the fact that I also happen to be disabled.
When I saw the job posting for the Digital Marketing Coordinator with Halo it ticked all my boxes for the type of career I wanted. More importantly, it ticked all my boxes for the type of accommodations I needed as well. There were options to work from home, one of the staff benefits was a wellbeing plan that included optical and dental (something very helpful for those of us with connective tissue disorders) and the job description and application process were easy to understand and use.
The thing that struck me the most was the interview process itself. From the start the main word I would use to describe the whole process was “considerate”. There was no part of the process where myself and my disability did not come first. After the first part of the interview process there was even a second meeting with my soon to be manager and the people director just to discuss my disability and specifically what they could do as a potential employer to best support me and ask what I would need from them. This was all before I had even been offered the job. Needless to say, if there was any part of me that was still doubting whether or not I should be changing jobs in the middle of a pandemic, this meeting was the thing that made up my mind.
Since joining Halo it has been more of the same, I have been constantly supported by my manager and my team. Wherever possible, my work environment and set up are best optimised for my health and personal comfort and as a result of that I’ve been able to jump head first into the job and give it my all. There are still days where I don’t feel 100%, but I know that on days like that I can contact my manager and there is always a way to work around it where my health is the priority.
2021 was a strange year, but I can safely say that applying for my job at Halo Leisure was one of the best parts of it.