LGBT Mentoring scheme

Open to all students

This scheme matches students with employers across a range of occupations in Birmingham to get advice on how to be happy and fulfilled as an out lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer employee. Now in its fifth 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 the LGBT Mentoring scheme 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 of this scheme is to match LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and queer) students with mentors in Birmingham 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.

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How to apply

To apply to the scheme you need to complete an 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. 

If you were available to attend our launch event on Tuesday 17 October, we will take your mentor preferences into account with your application form. If you were unavailble to attend the launch event, we will do our best to find a mentor that suits your interests expressed on your application form. 

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Former mentee

LGBT Mentoring scheme

“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 scheme

“"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."”

How to get involved as a mentor

If you are out at work and have mentoring experience we are always eager to recruit additional mentors to diversify the knowledge and expertise we can offer.

A good mentor should be:

  • a good listener
  • an effective questioner
  • non-judgmental
  • willing to share expertise and network contacts

If you would like to apply to be a mentor, please email Sean Russell at sean@seanrussellconsulting.co.uk.