Equality, diversity and your career: BAME students
Find out about organisations that work to increase diversity in the workplace, professional networks and disclosure.
Many employers are aware of the advantages of recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. Evidence has shown that a diverse workforce allows for creativity and innovation to flow, and the organisation can have a better understanding of its customer base.
Organisations that promote diversity
There are organisations who particularly support and help employers to increase ethnic diversity within their businesses.
Rare Recruitment and SEO London will support BME students and students from low socio-economic backgrounds to secure graduate jobs in some of the UK’s top companies. You can see their vacancies and events on MyFuture.
In October, Rare Recruitment are also active on campus and deliver a large panel event in collaboration with the Careers Service and the SU Afro Caribbean Society (ACS). Panel members come from several industry sectors. Look out for this event on MyFuture.
Black Young Professionals network
Many BME students on placement and in their graduate jobs often say that they sometimes feel like they are the only ones and would love to connect with people like them. If you would like to build your network, then do check out the Black Young Professionals network (BYP) and connect with like-minded professionals both in the UK and abroad. This site is for both new graduates and experienced hires. They also have a dedicated careers site that allows candidates to upload their CVs and browse jobs from companies that care.
How the law protects you
In 2010, the Equality Act came into effect replacing and consolidating all existing legislation relating to discrimination on the basis of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation and religion and belief, with one all-encompassing act. View the full text of the Equality Act 2010.
Discrimination occurs when someone is treated less favourably because of their race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin. The Act makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate because of these characteristics.
If you think you may have suffered discrimination on your placement or internship, then in the first instance do speak to a Careers Adviser or your Placement Officer.
Disclosing your race or ethnicity
When applying for jobs, you may occasionally be asked to complete an 'equal opportunities monitoring form'. The form may ask you to tick information relating to your ethnicity, gender, sexuality and age. The form is voluntary and you do not have to complete it. The reason why employers ask for this information is to monitor diversity within their business. In most cases the equal opportunities form is detached from your application and the shortlisting panel don't see it.