The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) Mentoring Scheme is one of our Careers Network mentoring programmes.
Applications now open, closing 23.59 BST Sunday 22 October 2023.
Our LGBTQ+ 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.
- 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 LGBTQ+ 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, transgender and queer) students with mentors from a range of occupations. Our mentors kindly volunteer their time to share advice about the choices they made in their careers and to share their experiences of being 'out' in the workplace.
The scheme is run jointly by Careers Network and Sean Russell of Get Out Stay Out.
How to apply to the LGBTQ+ Mentoring Scheme
When the scheme opens, you will need to apply by completing our LGBTQ+ Mentoring Scheme application form.
“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.”