Laura McSkeane (Commercial Banking Graduate, HSBC UK )

How do you define your disability?

I have Turner syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

Turner syndrome is defined as having a missing or partially missing X chromosome. It affects every cell in my body and it’s hard to count the number of symptoms associated, but no two people with TS are affected in the same way. For me, it's stunted growth, issues processing information and difficulty with emotional understanding.

Ehlers Danlos syndrome is a connective tissue disorder. I have the hypermobile type, which causes weakness in tendons and some organs, resulting in frequent dislocations, pain and arthritis. Chronic fatigue is also associated with the condition.

How does your company promote and support disability in the work place?

We promote an organisation that is inclusive to all, and where everyone can achieve their potential.

We believe in treating everyone with dignity and respect when it comes to workplace adjustments and we support colleagues with disabilities through a variety of policies, including working flexibly in a variety of ways.

Key partners provide support for our colleagues who are also carers, and our Ability network promotes education, addresses bias and helps provide a safe workplace for our colleagues with disabilities.

What words of encouragement would you give to disabled people looking to find success in the workplace?

Don’t be afraid to be confident about who you are. You are talented, you are passionate and you are disabled. You’re not second best, and hiring you is not a compromise - it’s a purposeful decision to get the right person for the job.

If you’re willing to work hard and challenge yourself, nothing can hold you back.

Where can people find out more?

If you would like to find out more about working for HSBC UK please visit hsbc.com/careers

Discover more about diversity and inclusion at HSBC here:

hsbc.com/our-approach/diversity-and-inclusion