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Your background

Your background is an important part of who you are and can impact on your career planning in a number of ways. You might be concerned that your non traditional qualifications won’t be recognised by employers or that your lack of contacts in the area you want to go into might make it harder for you to get work experience.


Student Careers & Skills is able to support disabled students at any stage of your career planning through appointments; workshops; resources both online and in Student Careers and Skills (based in the University House, Learning Grid) and by working closely with disability services.

Ethnic minority students

Many employers are aware of the advantages of recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. Schemes for ethnic minority students

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT)

You are not required to disclose your sexuality when applying to an employer.

It might be apparent from your membership of societies for example that you are a LGBT applicant. If your application is rejected it might not be because of this as there might be criteria which you did not meet.

However, if you are invited to interview it demonstrates that your sexuality is not a barrier to employment. It is your choice what to include in your applications – if in doubt book an appointment with a careers consultant.

Ex offenders

If you have a criminal record, whatever the nature of the offence, you must think about:

  • who needs to know;
  • what you should tell them;
  • and how you can present yourself in a positive light.
Your strategy for finding a job will depend on whether the conviction is ‘spent’ (see the YourRights section) and the kind of work you wish to apply for.
Get in touch

024 7652 3761

Ian Scrase

Ian Scrase - Careers Project Officer

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