Diversity in the real world

Whilst it is important to help those from ethnic backgrounds and those with disabilities with their career progression, within university, it is incredibly important that once these individuals leave university, their chances of getting a job have been greatly improved. However, the reality is that it is still difficult for those from ethnic backgrounds to get into their preferred roles.

The reality is that discrimination still exists. There are biases within processes – whether it’s the test that you have to do as part of the application process, whether you’ve had training on how to answer questions on applications or in interviews, or whether you have similar interests or ways of speaking to the interviewer (they do look out for people who can fit into the culture that already exists).

However, employers are working on being more inclusive. It may still be a work in progress, but at least it is happening.

Therefore, look up schemes and internships that are applicable to you. Work hard to get the skills your future employer needs from you. But always be you, because noone else can be.

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