Ireland: First of its kind guide launched for LGBT graduates

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GLEN Diversity Champions, Ireland’s network for LGBT inclusive employers, today launches the first LGBT graduate directory.

The launch was to take place at the gradireland recruitment fair at RDS, Dublin. The Graduate Guide highlights career opportunities with some major companies in Ireland which are committed to supporting diversity at work.

It includes information for LGBT Graduates on finding jobs and preparing for interviews. It specifically explores current development for trans employees.

David Roche, Director of Workplace Diversity at GLEN, said: “Young graduates, including LGBT graduates, want to join companies that clearly demonstrate that they are progressive and inclusive. Young LGBT graduates in particular want to know that the companies they join will be workplaces where they can be themselves, where they can thrive and succeed, and where their sexual orientation or gender identity will be fully respected and welcomed as part of a diverse organisation”.

“We know that new employees who are LGBT are especially cautious about disclosing their sexual orientation or gender identity at work. Half of all LGBT employees surveyed in Ireland have rarely, if ever disclosed their sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace” said Roche.

“There is an opportunity cost to LGBT employees and employers if employees cannot bring their whole selves to work. The LGBT Graduate Directory provides a unique opportunity for good employers to communicate to new graduates that that they are committed to supporting talented job seekers whatever their sexual orientation or gender identity”, continued Roche.

The Directory will be available at the Diversity Champions exhibit at the gradireland recruitment fair where Diversity Champions members Accenture, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, EY, IBM, Irish Prison Service, Microsoft and UCD will be present to talk to LGBT graduates about current jobs opportunities and their companies’ commitment to diversity and inclusion at work