My route to my role started when I was completing my undergraduate degree at City, University of London. Between my second and third years I earned a place on IBM’s university (industrial) placement scheme, completing a 1-year paid role in IBM’s cloud business. It was during this time that I realised I wanted to continue working for IBM and as I was finishing the placement I applied for IBM’s graduate scheme. I earned a place on it a few months later.
On telling employers about his autism diagnosis
When applying for roles, I have personally been somewhat reluctant to describe my autism diagnosis. I have always wanted to earn my achievements based on my skills, knowledge and capabilities alone, comparable to other applicants and not because of any adjustment or sympathy based on any diagnoses.
To one assessment centre organiser for the placement scheme, I did mention about my diagnosis so assessors could be aware. However, there were no adjustments made at any stages, in comparison to others, for any application processes, for either role or degrees. All stages were the same for all applicants.
I did, however, mention in my written applications about my diagnosis. I explained how it had provided me with specific skills and knowledge. Furthermore, it could allow interviewers and potential ma