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.
Equality and your career
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.
You can discuss any equality and diversity issues related to your career planning in depth with a careers adviser during a careers appointment. These appointments always take place in a consultation room and give you privacy.
For disabled students we also offer:
- Careers Appointment plus or Careers Guidance plus - Find out more about our additional support for disabled students
- 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.
We advertise opportunities on MyFuture that are specifically for students and graduates who are from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds. You can limit your search to these by choosing widening participation as the type of opportunity in MyFuture.
The following online resources provide information and advice about ensuring equal rights when job seeking and when in employment:
- TARGETjobs equality and diversity - comprehensive information including links to external organisations.
- Equality and Human Rights Commission - includes a helpline for information and guidance on discrimination and human rights issues. Also includes the gender pay gap and report 2018.
- Equality UK - information on legislation and handling discrimination.
Further resources, as well as links to external web information, please see the Equality & diversity section in our resources catalogue.
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.
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.
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.
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 and events on MyFuture
According to the Women in the Workplace Report 2018, women remain underrepresented in business at every level.
The "glass ceiling" for women is still an issue in some industries while certain sectors have trouble recruiting a particular gender. For example, men are under-represented in primary school teaching.
However there is progress in this area with an increasingly large number of employers committing to recruiting women in particular in senior positions. There is significant data demonstrating the business case for investing in women. For instance, a recent report for Credit Suisse found that companies with a greater gender diversity in senior management roles achieve the fastest GDP growth.
Check out MyFuture for organisations offering advice and support, and also work experience opportunities and insight days aimed specifically at female students.
The term 'mature student' covers students from age 21 to pensionable age who are studying to improve their career prospects. As a mature student 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.
Our blog has more guidance on how to market yourself effectively as a mature student, and there are links to organisations offering advice and support and age-friendly employers in the Resources section in Myfuture.
Additional careers resources
There are a variety of resources on MyFuture. Go to the resources tab and choose the equality and diversity topic from the right hand side.
Wider university support
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.
Staff supporting disabled students
If you are a member of staff you can access the MyPlus Toolkit for supporting disabled students.
If you are a member of the Placement Tutors Forum Moodle, then you can find the toolkit under the Careers section.
If you do not have access to the Moodle, you can contact Melanie Wortham for more information.