Diversity in careers
In the UK, you have a right to expect every employer to give your
applications fair consideration regardless of your age, race, sexuality, gender,
disability or culture.
Most graduate recruiters embrace equal opportunities and diversity realising
the value a diverse workforce will add to their organisations. However, if you
are worried that you might be discriminated against, what can you do to ensure
that employers will treat you equally in the recruitment process?
When deciding which employers to apply to, you may want to target
organisations that voice a commitment to equal opportunities or diversity in
their workforce on their websites or in their corporate literature. The best
employers will want people to know about their commitment to fairness but do not
limit yourself to applying only to organisations that publicise their
commitments. A lack of publicity does not necessarily mean they will not be
inclusive employers. Applications should be made on the basis of opportunities
and how those opportunities match your own skills and interests.
Make use of our information on
looking for work
to progress your job seeking, and refer to our
Disability and Employment
(.pdf) information sheet.
Making successful applications
Whether or not employers declare themselves pro-diversity, if you want to be
successful, it is essential you make the strongest possible application
demonstrating that you have all of the relevant skills, qualifications,
experience and ambition required. Make use of the
Essex CV and
Essex Application on-line packs for essential guidance.
Developing your skills and experience
Your application will be stronger if you invest time and effort into your
future career from early on at university. Make the most of the opportunities
available to you during your time at Essex to develop skills for employment
through experience in societies, volunteering and through paid work experience
and internships. Gaining relevant experience in the
sector you are aiming for will be most useful.
TargetJobs Diversity Matters Advice on key diversity issues including
gender, sexual orientation, race and disability
- Diversity Jobs Connecting
people to employers who place high importance on a mixed staff population
- Stonewall The Lesbian, Gay and
Bisexual (LGB) charity
- Stonewall's Starting Out Guide
Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) Careers Guide 13/14
- SEO London Sponsors for Educational
Opportunity London is a charity that provides access, training and mentoring for
outstanding young people from under-represented and under-served communities
- Great With Disability
Student toolkit and career opportunities