Equality, diversity and your career
Find out about the information and support available on common equality and diversity issues you may face when career planning and job searching.
The Equality Act
The Equality Act 2010 protects jobseekers and employees from discrimination on the basis of certain characteristics such as; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
We acknowledge that these characteristics may still cause students and graduates some concern when career planning and job searching. The Careers Service can provide information and advice on common equality and diversity issues you may face, including understanding your rights, marketing yourself, disclosure and targeting employers.
How can we help
You can discuss any equality and diversity issues related to your career planning in depth with a careers adviser during a Guidance appointment. These appointments always take place in a consultation room and give you privacy.
For disabled students we also offer:
- Guidance plus appointments - see details about all types of Guidance appointments
- Quick query plus appointments - see an overview of Quick queries and find out more about all types of Quick query appointments.
- We advertise vacancies targeted at Bath students in MyFuture. To make sure you don’t miss opportunities relevant to your needs, you can do a keyword search. For example, disabled students can search for ‘disab’ and this will retrieve relevant jobs and opportunities.
The following online resources provide information and advice about ensuring equal rights when job seeking and when in employment:
- TARGETjobs equality and diversity - useful information including links to external organisations.
- Equality and Human Rights Commission - includes a helpline for information and guidance on discrimination and human rights issues.
- Equality UK - information on legislation and handling discrimination.
Further resources, as well as links to external web information, please see Equality & diversity resources.
Job hunting and disclosure
For advice on how and when to disclose your circumstances and understanding your rights please visit TARGETjobs equality and diversity.
You may also find it helpful to look at the advice on our blog, Careers Perspectives – search using keywords such as “disability” or “gender”. The Careers Service also runs a webinar on To Disclose or not to Disclose your disability - check the MyFuture events section for details.
Identifying diversity-friendly employers
Many employers demonstrate their commitment to having a diverse workforce in a number of ways:
- Look out for a company's equal opportunities policy and for any employee support networks that may exist.
- Some employers run insight events or work experience schemes aimed at under-represented groups in the professions.
- Some companies may have a diversity champion such as Stonewall.
Disability Confident employers
Some companies are registered as a Disability Confident employer. This now replaces the "Two Ticks" scheme. However, you may still see organisations with the "Two Ticks" symbol.
The government Disability Confident Scheme aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people. It is voluntary and has three levels that have been designed to support a disabled person on their Disability Confident journey. View a list of employers who are members.
Like the previous scheme, level 2 Disability Confident employers commit to offer an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job. If employers do not advertise a formal guaranteed interview, they should make it clear in their recruitment material that a disabled applicant meeting the minimum criteria for the job (that is the description of the job as set by the employer) will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.
Many organisations are also a member of the Business Disability Forum which accredits organisations with a Disability Standard. View a full list of members.
LGBT inclusive employers
Stonwall's Starting Out guide showcases LGBT-inclusive employers. It has detailed profiles of different employers as well as sector overviews and first-hand insight from LGBT workplace role models.
For disabled students
The University's Student Services Centre is available to support and advise prospective and existing students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties. Current students can log queries by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can phone 01225 385538, or pop in to the Student Services Centre in 4 West, open Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm.
Further information is on the Disability Service site.