JOB INTERVIEWS AND MY STUTTER OR STAMMER

Mark got control of his stutter and went for a job he though he could never do.

JOB INTERVIEWS AND MY STUTTER OR STAMMER

JOB INTERVIEWS AND MY STUTTER OR STAMMER

With all the doom and gloom in the world at the moment with the Covid-19 crisis, I thought I would share a little success story I have had during these turbulent times. Mark Catterall is my name and I‘ve been on the McGuire Programme for 18 months. I’m an engineer and before the McGuire Programme, I was always set on working behind the scenes in plant rooms etc., basically hiding away as much as possible.

After my first McGuire Programme course, I came home with newfound confidence. I challenged myself and went all-in, I was then offered a promotion to ‘Team Leader’ and then to a ‘Supervisor’ position. 

What I love about the McGuire Programme is constantly wanting us to keep challenging ourselves. In my job, I knew I could be more. I saw an advertisement for an Estates Manager of an NHS Hospital. A job I had always thought was for the fluent speakers; a job that would never suit a person who stutters in my opinion.

I applied for the job anyway and by reaching out for the help of the McGuire coaches and fellow memebrs of the programme I became more and more prepared.

On the day of my job interview, I contacted my personal coach, a great McGuire Programme coach called Glenn Bills, who helped with the final preparation and on how I was going to disclose that I have a stammer/stutter. I was nervously waiting in the reception room for my interview and I thought to myself that this was the ideal opportunity to speak to the receptionist and do a disclosure, basically telling her that I’m a person who stutters, who is working hard to overcome it. This disclosure calmed my nerves and as soon as I got into the interview I decided to do another disclosure, this time to the whole interview panel and I felt for the first time in my life that I was in control and that I was able to sell myself the way that I wanted in an interview situation.

I am happy to say I start my new job next month! The McGuire Programme has shown me if you keep pushing yourself outside your comfort zone the world is your oyster!

MARK CATTERALL, UK