LGBTQ+ Mentoring Scheme

""The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Mentoring Scheme is part of the Careers Network Mentoring scheme.

Opening for applications Monday 27 September 2021

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

Find our more about the scheme from our recording of our LGBTQ+ Mentoring Scheme Launch Event 2020 

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 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 Careers Network and Sean Russell of Get Out Stay Out

How to apply to the LGBTQ+ Mentoring Scheme 

To apply to the scheme you need to complete a Careers Network Mentoring application form.

Please visit the application support webpages to access our top tips for writing your application. 

Why mentoring page
Careers Network Mentoring Application Form
Top tips for your mentoring application

Former mentee

LGBT Mentoring

“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.”

Former mentor

LGBT Mentoring

“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.”


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