Careers & Employability aims to offer a fair and equal service to all its clients, regardless of their sex, ethnic origin, age, sexuality, religion or disability. We are able to offer additional support to students who may benefit from extra help.
If for any reason you feel at a disadvantage in the career planning or job selection process, then we would encourage you to tell us what help you may require from us.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender
The Careers and Employability Service at Cardiff University is committed to the ideals and practice of Equality and Diversity in all aspects of its work. They have gathered useful resources around Equality and Diversity with specific reference to communities of students and graduates that may worry about possible barriers in the job market.
The Careers and Employability Service is based on the 2nd floor 50 Park Place (Student Support Centre). A dedicated team of Career Consultants and other professionals aim to offer all students an inclusive service recognising that students may have specific queries relating to sexual orientation or gender identity. Confidential and impartial career consultations can be booked with specialist Career Consultants in your field of study.
Planning your career
As a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT+) student preparing for entry into the workforce, you may find yourself faced with additional career planning challenges related to your sexual orientation or gender identity. As a student, Cardiff University aims to be a supportive environment, with an active student LGBT+ society, and University equality policies – the workplace can be a bit different, in terms of the openness of and support for LGBT employees. The following collection of resources is designed to offer a starting point in considering issues faced by LGBT people in the workplace. The decision whether or not to raise and tackle issues relating to your sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace remains a matter of individual choice. If you feel this is impacting on your career planning, you can talk to a careers adviser in confidence. You can also find support through the University via the following links:
Your rights: Under the equality Act 2010 you have the right not to be unlawfully discriminated against for any reason relating to your sexual orientation (or perceived sexual orientation) e.g. as part of recruitment procedures, in the workplace or in relation to promotion. You also have protection against harassment and bullying on the grounds of sexual orientation (or perceived).
Coming out at work. You may want to think about if and how to come out at work and how you would like to approach this. Stonewall www.stonewall.org.uk is an organisation that can provide advice and support to LGBT+ people including on issues relating to work. They have a number of publications available on their web site including:
• Role Models: Being yourself: Sexual orientation in the workplace (2012)
• Being the Gay One: Experiences of Lesbian Gay and Bisexual people working in the health and social care sector (available in digital format only)
• An overview on employment protections for lesbian, gay and bisexual people
• Global working: Supporting lesbian, gay and bisexual staff on overseas assignments (2012)
• The Double-Glazed Glass Ceiling: Lesbians in the workplace (2008)
• Peak Performance: Gay people and productivity (2008)
The following AGCAS ‘diversity matters’ guides on the TARGETjobs website also have some useful advice,
Finding gay-friendly employers: There are a number of ways you can identify positive LGBT employers. Some of the things to look for would be to see if the organisation has: a stonewall logo for being a diversity champion or in the top 100 LGB employers; an equality policy that refers to sexuality or transgender issues; an LGBT+ employees network, dignity/anti-harassment policies; a diversity officer in post; staff policies that apply benefits to same sex or civil partners e.g. pensions, parental & adoption leave.
The University’s Careers Service also advertises Diversity and LGBT+ Careers Fairs to all our students including the national Diversity Careers Show and Stonewall’s ‘Starting Out Guide’, the first national guide for students and job-switchers wanting to find a gay-friendly employer features Cardiff University as an employer. The guide is available in the Student Services Centre, or you can download it from the website.
Other useful resources may include the Stonewall Top 100 Employers Guide and Proud Employers – a gay-friendly job search site that contains hundreds of jobs from LGB-friendly employers across the UK.
The following Resources may also be useful:
The University of Westminster, Careers Development Centre, have online Diversity Guides covering LGBT issues and Transgendered Students.
Gay Business Association includes directory of member companies and useful links
Pink Paper jobs site includes advice, job-hunting tips and news as well as vacancy adverts
The Diversity Group – the Diversity Group’s primary objective is to promote equal opportunities to people from every kind of minority background or lifestyle, including race, gender, disability, age, faith, transgender and sexual orientation.
The following organisations can offer advice about your rights and information about gay-friendly employers and jobs.
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