Information for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students

All the services that Careers and Employability offers are available to all students. As a lesbian, gay, transgender or bisexual student, however, you can also access targeted resources and opportunities that might be valuable for your career planning and progression. Careers and Employability is here to support you in exploring and deciding upon the best career options for you and then progressing to employment, voluntary work or further study. You can use the service at any stage of your degree or postgraduate study/research - the sooner the better. 

In the Careers and Employability Centre we have publications entitled Diversity Matters; Sexual Orientation and Diversity Matters; Transsexual and Transgender Issues which we are happy to copy for you. We also have a copy of Stonewall's Starting Out Careers Guide. This publication includes identifying employers, top tips for applications and case studies. See below for additional useful information.

There are careers factsheets on: Diversity and Equal Opportunities.

We provide

Short appointments
These sessions enable you to make initial contact with us for advice on researching information, careers decision making, work experience, access to vacancies, help with application and much more. These are held in the Careers and Employability Centre on a sign-up basis and some drop-in sessions can also be booked online at Career Hub. If you would find it difficult to have a discussion with background noise and/or with other students present please ask at reception for an interview and we will arrange this for you.

Guidance interviews 
We offer interviews to enable an in-depth, confidential discussion of career issues and these can be booked online through Career Hub. If you require any specific accommodations within the interview please let us know in advance and we will ensure that this is organised.

Workshops 
We offer a range of workshops in the autumn and spring semesters - see our careers events for details. These include applications, interviews, internships and work experience. We strive to ensure that we hold these sessions in accessible rooms. If you have access difficulties or need adjustments for any workshops please let us know in advance and we will address these issues.

Job sites and recruitment advice

www.thediversitygroup.co.uk
Proactive promoters of diversity and equality in Britain, The Diversity Group's primary objective is to promote equal opportunities to people from every kind of minority background or lifestyle. The website includes a job site and advice section.

http://advice.milkround.com/tips/diversity
Features job from employers championing equality and diversity.

www.stonewall.org.uk/workplace
Targeted at the gay community, the Stonewall website provides practical information such as the Top 100 gay-friendly employer guide and the Starting Out Careers Guide as well as other interesting information and links.

www.regard.org.uk
REGARD is a national, volunteer run organisation of disabled lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered people offering information and advice to our members and disabled LGBT people.

https://targetjobs.co.uk/
Provides advice on sexual orientation and employment.

Valuable organisations

www.gba.org.uk/whoweare.htm
GBA describes itself as a modern day gay chamber of commerce. Targeted at people already in work the website is useful to view membership and events as well as relevant news items. Their focus is on providing networking opportunities to make useful business contacts as well as training for LGBT professionals in legal, marketing, business development and employment issues.

www.equalityhumanrights.com/advice-and-guidance
One of this organisation's key roles is to provide advice and guidance on rights, responsibilities and good practice, based on equality law and human rights legislation.

www.gov.uk/discrimination-your-rights/types-of-discrimination
Provides up to date legislation regarding employment.

Career Sector Specific Resources

www.lagla.org.uk/
LAGLA is the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association for England and Wales. Although most of our members are in London we have members all over the country. We organise lectures, seminars and conferences.

www.insideandout-banking.com
Organised by the LGBT Interbank Forum, Inside & Out is specifically designed to help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender undergraduates learn more about careers in the investment banking industry.

Where are we?

The Careers and Employability is located on the 1st floor of the Campus Library.
Internal: 33023 / 33523
Email: careers@keele.ac.uk