LGBTI students offered a helping hand

Date: Sep 09, 2013

RMIT University released a media statement on Friday (September 6), which reveals the institution will be offering a helping hand to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) students who are about to enter the Australian workforce.

Adam Rowland, Manager of the Employment and Employer Services Unit, believes that this helping hand is absolutely necessary.

"For some of our LGBTI students, bullying and exclusion are often daily experiences for belonging to an invisible minority," he explained.

So, RMIT University has put a series of initiatives into play that will equip students with the skills they need to deal with any challenges they may face as a result of their gender identities or sexual orientations in the business world.

One initiative is the Pride Mentoring Program, which connects LGBTI students with LGBTI mentors in the workforce. A total of 45 students are taking part in 2013, and are getting first-hand experience in a wide variety of disciplines and organisations.

Some of these include the Bank of Melbourne, the Department of Transport and Oxfam.

In addition to this, a number of online resources are currently being developed to facilitate LGBTI students' transition into the workforce. The RMIT Careers Toolkit has just been launched, and includes tips and advice for students looking to increase their employability.

The RMIT Careers Toolkit also includes a list of employers that have been identified as "LGBTI-friendly".

Mr Rowland said these initiatives are "closely linked to support RMIT's Equity and Social Inclusion Plan 2011-2015".

It is not only the LGBTI community in Victoria that is suffering from bullying and exclusion.

According to the Youth Action and Policy Association (YAPA), in 2010 a shocking 40 per cent of those living in Sydney considered homosexuality as "immoral".

Because of this attitude, many young people in New South Wales were and still are worried that they will not be able to find employment where they are not being discriminated against.

There are a number of counselling and support services available for those in New South Wales' LGBTI community.

For instance, if you are ever in need of family law advice on same-sex relationship issues, you may want to get in touch with Craddock Murray Neumann.

Our team of family lawyers has been working with the LGBTI community for many years, and are therefore well versed in this area of the law.