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Equality, diversity and your career: mature students

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Mature students and careers

The term 'mature student' covers students from age 21 to pensionable age. Mature students may have a variety of career aspirations and motivations for study, but, whatever these are, it’s crucial to remember that you have a wealth of experience that will be highly valued by employers.

When it comes to looking for work experience, placements or graduate jobs include, it’s important to be positive in how you present yourself on paper and in-person. Highlight the value of all your experiences including any specific expertise developed through having a previous career or through raising a family for example. Whilst at University, get involved in extra-curricular activities that take you outside of your natural comfort zone to develop your confidence, new networks and social capital (understanding of unspoken rules).

Actively build your professional network by engaging with employers on-campus and talking to Bath Alumni. The groups within LinkedIn will also enable you to expand your professional connections. Be realistic about salary expectations, especially if you are changing careers. Target employers committed to recruiting diversely. Check their Equal Opportunity policies and look at their staff profiles - are they reflective of a diverse workforce?

Resources

Job hunting

In 2012, detailed research was undertaken for the first time into destinations of older graduates. The report "What happens Next? Age Report" compares the employment outcomes of older graduates with their younger counterparts. You will see from the report, overall destinations of post-25 graduates compared very well with those aged under 25; with the destinations of post-25 graduates exceeding in most categories in terms of numbers in employment, those in graduate level employment and also in terms of salaries earned.

View the report

The Equality Act 2010

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 age, race, gender, sexuality, and disability, 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.

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