Tips for queer people entering the workforce
YQL Summit Speaker Tyson Young shares his 6 tips to help queer people enter the workforce successfully.
- Network. Go out on a limb and head to a networking event to meet other like- minded professionals. This not only builds your contact base, it can open the door to a range of job opportunities. Plus you never know, you could meet some great friends while you’re doing it.
- Be confident. If you are going for a job interview, or if you are in a new workplace be confident in who you are, present yourself with pride, respect and show everyone you are here to do the job.
- Put your ideas forward. Being a young professional myself, it is hard to be taken seriously at times. With a decade less experience than some of my peers, it can be intimidating to put my ideas forward. But even when my idea hasn’t been what the business was after, I still showed I was dedicated and actively being involved with the job. We can always learn from our experiences and maybe have a better idea next time round.
- Think Positive. You will never get anywhere thinking “I can’t do that” or “It’s too hard”. The only way you will further your career is to challenge yourself. And really, no-one likes that person who is always complaining about the work. Jump in with a positive attitude and you will always surprise yourself.
- Seek support. Look out for support groups within an organisation. Being a LGBTI person it can sometimes be hard to work with others whose life experiences can differ greatly. Seek out advice and support to help you deal with work life, especially should problems arise. You’ll find that nearly every workplace has structures that will help to defuse any uncomfortable situations.
- Lastly, just be proud of yourself and others will follow.
Tyson Young is Campaign Manager for the Pink Media Group and also serves on the board of the SGLBA.