National Stuttering Association

Heather RoseCorporate Security

    Heather Rose

    Ontario, Canada
    Corporate Security
    General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada

    Briefly describe your daily job duties.
    I work within the Corporate Security section at General Dynamics (GD). I also have a license in how to handle COMSEC (communication security) equipment.

    As a person who stutters, share the most challenging part of your job.
    Having to speak to small groups and large audiences.

    Did you self-disclose your stuttering during the job hiring process? If so, how did you do it and how do you currently disclose your stuttering to unsuspecting co-workers.
    In the interview, I told them I was very nervous so I many trip over my words. They understood that but I did not come out and say that I have a stutter. I’m currently working up the courage to mention that I have a stutter but have not felt the need to do it just yet.

    Describe how stuttering makes you a better, more valued contributor at work.
    I feel that I work harder than the average person because I’ve struggled with stuttering all my life, As a result, I take on every challenge with 100% effort.

    What is your proudest moment at your current company?
    I won an achievement award within my first year at GD for a “Continuous Improvement” Award. I value it greatly.

    What are your long-term career aspirations?
    I want to have a stable career in a field that I enjoy doing.