The Career Equity Project is a collaboration between The University of Sussex Students’ Union and the Careers and Employability Centre and it focuses on giving additional career support to students from marginalised communities.
Our mission is to enhance career development for students of marginalised communities that face barriers in accessing current career development and employability opportunities. We want to address the specific needs they have and barriers they face in accessing employment to; empower students to overcome challenges, develop skills and move into their chosen careers and continue to progress within it.
Our Project Aims:
- To address the issues of career inequalities for students and to improve access to career opportunities for marginalised student communities;
- For students to gain knowledge of how to gain access to their chosen career
- To improve employability skills.
- For more students to gain access to professional networks and create their own networks with their peers.
- To understand the barrier they may face in the workplace and strategise in order to progress.
- For students from diverse communities to have specific targeting training to gain employability and career knowledge.
- For students to gain confidence to aim to apply for work within their chosen career.
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- To raise awareness of the University Careers Centre and to increase the number of students accessing it.
- For more students to be informed for the rights as workers.
- To remove barriers to students to access work while studying
- To inform more and support students to be able to access employment while studying.
Why are we doing this?
There is a disparity and inequality within many career industries and within careers development for people with protected characteristics, which furthers the marginalisation of diverse communities in the workplace. We recognise these issues exist and manifest themselves in different ways. We aim to start to address these issues through specific career development opportunities that are tailored to address the needs of more diverse students groups, as well as raising the profile of existing development opportunities that are facilitated through the Careers Centre and increase accessibility to these services.
Breaking through into your chosen career will have many challenges for students. Through facilitating targeted workshops we can equip more students with the skills needed as well as a better understanding of workplace psychology. We’ll also explore how to access networks in order to break through into industries and progress within it.
Get in touch
If you have any ideas of what sessions you would like be involved or specific career development skills you would like a workshop on the please get in touch with us at [email protected]