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Empower

The professional networking and employability event for LGBTQ+ students and recent graduates

Taking place on Monday 28 October in Manchester, join us at EMPOWER, our first ever LGBTQ+ event for students and recent graduates in partnership with National Student Pride, the University of Manchester and some of the UK’s leading graduate employers.

Off the back of the Out and Proud survey, conducted by Trendence UK, which gathered responses from 1,822 young people, this one-day free-to-attend event will open up discussions about issues identified by LGBTQ+ students, graduates and early career workers.

Should I mention my sexuality in my job applications? What can I do if something homophobic/transphobic happens at work? How can I come out to my employer/colleagues if I want to? What if I feel alienated or hypersexualised in the workplace due to my sexuality?

We want to help EMPOWER you to overcome concerns like these, feel confident being your authentic selves and celebrate each other’s differences. Join us on the day to hear from our empowerment and life coach, discuss any work challenges faced and how these were overcome and build your professional and peer-to-peer networks.

Who can apply

  • A self-defining LGBTQ+ student
  • From any degree background
  • Current students and those who have recently graduated from a university in the UK

Why Attend

On the day, you will:

  • Hear from our empowerment and life coach, Kate Taylor, who will be discussing topics ranging from what’s really important to you and the importance of supporting yourself in terms of health and wellbeing, to getting involved in making positive change in and outside of work and ensuring you have the right support systems in place such as safe spaces, mentors and role models.
  • Meet Tom Moran, the 2019 winner of the TARGETjobs LGBTQ+ Undergraduate of the Year Award (and even get his tips for applying), as well as chairs of employer LGBTQ+ networks and representatives from National Student Pride.
  • Take part in a panel question and answer session to discuss diversity and inclusion in the workplace and ask questions about challenges you've faced or are worried about facing.
  • Talk to Clifford Chance, HSBC, Kraft Heinz, L'Oréal and Lloyds Banking Group about equality and diversity, and find out more about how they support their LGBTQ+ employees. They’ll also be able to give you some top-notch application and interview advice.
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