Get out, stay out: how to thrive in work
I designed this scheme for the University of Birmingham in 2012. We started with a pilot of three students rising to 26 in 2016/17. The aim is to match students with ‘out’ employees across a range of professions. Now administered by the Careers Network, some 50 students have been mentored in the last 5 years.
What’s it for?
Primarily, the scheme is to help students think through their coming out strategies in the workplace. Specifically it’s to help:
- Build confidence
- Have ‘unfiltered’ conversations with people who have been there and done it successfully
How I can help
- Recruiting mentors
- Building a marketing and publicity plan
- Working with the students’ union as partners
- Advice on making a business case to fund such a scheme
- Publicising a scheme to potential students and staff
- Making the best use of feedback from participants to inform policy and practice
For more details see the mentoring scheme website.
If you are interested in setting up a similar scheme at your University or college, get in contact with me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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