To celebrate Pride month, let’s talk about how King’s (and King’s Careers & Employability!) helps our diverse community of students build success on their journey at King’s.
Whether you’re starting your study journey at King’s in September, or whether you’re a returning student, King’s has a great amount of support available to our diverse and proud community. We’ve listed some great LGBTQ+ networks, resources and support available for everyone who might be looking to network, build communities and just make the most of your time at King’s!
Finding your communities at King’s and beyond
Building a network of people with likeminded values is important in all areas of life, but especially during university and the start of your career journey. This recent article is a great start to learn about all the ways you can connect with LGBTQ+ topics around King’s, from research to networks and support resources. If you’re looking to meet like-minded people, King’s College London LGBTQ society exists to provide a safe environment for King’s LGBTQ+ students and their friends to meet, campaign on behalf of the LGBTQ+ student community and promote awareness of relevant issues. ProudlyKing’s is an institution-wide network where you can take part in various events, connect with others and help make King’s a better place for LGBTQ+ people. If you are interested in networking to build success on your career journey, you might also be interested to attend King’s Careers & Employability events. Next year’s events include our Diversity Networking Night which is a great opportunity to engage with employers with existing schemes to support BAME, disabled and LGBTQ+ students. You never know – you might just find exciting networks for your next steps after King’s!
Finding LGBTQ+ positive work opportunities
Everyone should feel comfortable at their workplace or internship, and so King’s Careers & Employability understand that finding LGBTQ+-positive employers with open and inclusive work culture is a priority for many. We are here to help! We want to ensure you have the best support possible and have therefore listed lots of helpful websites and resources on our PDF Guide and our Keats pages (available to access for current students, staff and alumni). Through our PDF Guide, you will find resources to learn more about sector-specific and national careers in diverse and inclusive environments, as well as workplace rights, specific job boards and associations.
Interested to learn more about how being LGBTQ+ and careers go together? Read our past blog post discussing how our identity shapes our career and what other aspects of work you might want to know about!
If you would like to seek help with a particular question or seek more information about a specific situation, there are many ways you can access support. If you would like support relating to anything around your study or career journey, for example about disclosing your gender or sexual orientation in a job search setting, you can book to have a conversation with a Career Consultant through King’s CareerConnect. If you would like to seek support around your personal life or student life, you can talk to the university’s Mental Health Advisors (MHA’s) who can help you with practical support, information and advice. And, if you would like to seek support through counselling with King’s Counselling & Mental Health Service, you may do so through these web pages.
Wherever you are on your journey at King’s, we hope that your time is full of inclusive learning spaces, opportunities to grow and a positive community to help you build success.
However, there are always ways for our university to grow and be better too. If you would like to seek change or bring attention to a negative situation, you can do so with the help of advice from these King’s web pages and the KCLSU web pages.