LGBT mentoring scheme

What is the LGBT mentoring scheme?

NEXT EVENT- March 5th 2014- see below for details

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 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender) students with mentors in Birmingham to receive guidance and advice about the choices they made in their careers. You will meet your mentor at least three times between November and March to benefit from their experiences as out men and women in the work place.

Who can apply?

The scheme will give you the knowledge and skills needed to prepare and excel as an LGBT employee in the workplace. Our mentors will work with you to:
  • Devise your own personal coming out strategy
  • Advise on general employability issues
  • Develop your network and provide ideas for developing contacts
  • Help boost your personal development and reflection
  • Increase your confidence
  • Build evidence of developing your own career management skills to include on CVs, applications and at interviews.

Previous mentees

See what our previous mentees had to say:

"I think every LGBT student can benefit from this scheme. It's really helpful having someone who can relate to your own LGBT experiences."

"I've learned a load of skills in dealing with LGBT issues in the workplace."

"I'd always been concerned about how accepting employers are of LGBT individuals, and thanks to my mentor, I now have a better idea about what to expect."

Previous mentors

Our mentors also enjoy participating in the scheme too:

"A great way to get involved with an important community in the city."

"Great to give something back; I wish I'd have a scheme like this when I was a student."

  "Great way to update myself on what on what life at university is now like especially for a graduate recruiter."

How to apply

If you would like to apply for the scheme, please download the application form (Word - 56KB) and send the completed form to lgbtms@contacts.bham.ac.uk. We will be holding an informal drop-in session early in October where you can find out more about the scheme and what it involves. After this, we will arrange for an introductory session where you will be able to meet some of the mentors and choose a mentor for the rest of the year. As we have a limited number of mentors, we suggest applying early to ensure we can pair you with a mentor. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to email the LGBT mentoring scheme at lgbtms@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

How can I get involved as a mentor?

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, and have experience or an understanding of skills required in the workplace. They should also be enthusiastic with a strong interest in individual self-determination, willing to share expertise and network contacts. If you would like to apply to be a mentor, please email lgbtms@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

Next meeting

The next event( Speed Mentoring) will be on the  5th March 6.30-8.30pm in Nuffield G17. This event is open to all UoB LGBT students who would like to meet and network with LGBT employers from a wide range of occupations. You will be able to get CV, job application and interview advice. This event is organised in conjunction with the Careers Network as part of the University's Equality and Diversity LGBT Mentoring Scheme now in its second year.

Contacts

If you have any questions about the scheme, please contact lgbtms@contacts.bham.ac.uk, or alternatively, the Equality and Diversity Advisor, Jane Tope (d.j.tope@bham.ac.uk)

 

LGBT mentoring scheme


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