The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Mentoring Scheme is part of the Careers Network Mentoring scheme.
Our LGBT mentors aim to support students by gaining advice on how to be happy and fulfilled as an out lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer employee. Now in its sixth year, as far as we know it is the only such university scheme in the UK.
- devise your own personal coming out strategy
- develop your network and provide ideas for developing contacts
- help boost your personal and professional development
- increase your confidence
How an LGBT mentor can help you
Deciding on a career, applying for a job, and managing the transition from university to work can be a challenge; even more if you have to decide on whether to come out at work. The good news is that there are many people who are out at work across a wide range of occupations, ranging from 'first-jobbers' to chief executives who have made this transformation with great success.
The aim is to match LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and queer) students with mentors from a range of occupations to receive guidance and advice about the choices they made in their careers. You will meet your mentor a minimum of three times to benefit from their experiences as out men and women in the workplace.
The scheme is run jointly by the Equality and Diversity team, the Guild LGBTQ Association, Careers Network and Sean Russell Consulting.
How to apply to the LGBT Mentoring Scheme
To apply to the scheme you need to complete a Careers Network Mentoring application form that will help you to understand what you hope to gain from the mentoring relationship and how you will make the most out of the opportunity.
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“I think the scheme is a really good idea! Talking to people who have been through the process of leaving uni and establishing careers in areas you are interested in, dealing with LGBT issues along the way, is invaluable. It was really interesting to hear about the issues my mentor had faced, how he dealt with them and what he might do differently.”
“I was keen to take part in the mentoring scheme because I remember how it felt to be a student at the University of Birmingham and not ‘out’ about my sexual orientation, and I wanted to see if I could help support other students to develop confidence to be themselves.”