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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?

Getting started

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.

External resources

  • TargetJobs Diversity Matters Advice on key diversity issues including gender, sexual orientation, race and disability
  • VERCIDA 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
  • My Plus Student Club Career opportunities and disability inclusive employers