Careers and Enterprise

For BAME Students

A collection of resources from various organisations, charities and career-development networks which are specifically aimed at Black, Asian and minority-ethnic students and graduates.

Career Support

Rare Recruitment
“Rare Recruitment matches outstanding people from diverse backgrounds with jobs in top organisations. They specialise in helping ethnic minority candidates and place a particular emphasis on those from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

Ethnic JobSite
This site provides a database of employers committed to fair and diverse recruitment as well as career tips.

Inclusive Graduates
“Inclusive Graduates, the not-for-profit arm of executive search firm Inclusive Boards, connects undergraduates and young professionals from underrepresented groups across the UK with outstanding employers. We identify these groups as: ethnic minorities, women, young people from low socio-economic groups and students from non-Russell Group universities.”

The Royal Society: Diversity in Science
“A project from the Royal Society interviewing scientists from a variety of educational and minority ethnic backgrounds. Scientists share how their backgrounds impacted their scientific careers.”

SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) London
“SEO London focuses on helping students from under represented and under-served communities to secure places on internship and graduate programmes in the UK.”

UPRising
“UpRising is a UK-wide youth leadership development organisation. Their mission is to open pathways for talented young people from diverse and under-represented backgrounds by equipping them with the knowledge, networks, skills, and confidence to fulfil their leadership potential.”

Sector-specific Organisations

Creative Access - Arts
“We are a social enterprise, unrivalled in diverse recruitment and inclusion. We work with all under-represented candidates and organisations across the whole creative industries. Creative Access is largely funded by our employer partners who are committed to improving diversity and inclusion within their organisations, wholeheartedly. All profits go back into growing, training and supporting our community members.”

Society of Asian Lawyers - Law
Representing and supporting Asian Lawyers in the UK.

Windsor Fellowship
“The Windsor Fellowship (WF) is a unique charitable organisation. We design and deliver innovative personal development and leadership programmes, which enables talent from diverse communities to be realised. We achieve this by partnering with leading organisations from the private and public sectors as well as developing relationships with schools, universities and community groups throughout the UK. To date we have trained and supported over 15,000 young people to successfully navigate key milestones along their educational journey.”

Black Solicitors Network - Law
“The Black Solicitors Network is the primary voice of black solicitors in England and Wales; committed to achieving equality of access, retention and promotion of black solicitors.”

Journalism Diversity Fund - Media
Bursary-awarding body that funds training from the National Council for the Training of Journalists for people from diverse backgrounds, and pairs individuals with mentors.

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
“We work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds aged 13 to 30 to inspire and enable them to succeed in the career of their choice. We also influence others to create a fairer society in which everyone, regardless of their background, can flourish.”

The Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers
“AFBE-UK provides support and promotes higher achievements in Education and Engineering particularly among students and professionals from ethnic minority backgrounds.”

The Taylor Bennett Foundation - Media
“The Taylor Bennett foundation is a charity that exists to encourage BAME graduates to pursue a career in communications.”

Aspiring Solicitors - Law
“Aspiring Solicitors was set up in autumn 2013 by Chris White whilst he was an associate at Norton Rose Fulbright. The primary aim of Aspiring Solicitors is to increase diversity in the legal profession.”

Opportunities

Future leaders
This organisation runs a programme of workshops for students and graduates with the focus on diversity.

Civil Service Fast Stream: Summer Diversity Internship Programme
“The multi-award winning Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP) gives people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to see what a career in the Civil Service is like. It puts talented undergraduates and graduates on a work placement in a government department. As a successful applicant, you’ll get an insight into the broad range of opportunities available across the Civil Service.”

Civil Service Fast Stream: Early Diversity Internship Programme
“This award winning internship is available to first-year undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. The 5-day placement in a government department gives you valuable insight and understanding of what it's like to be on the Fast Stream.”

Uncovering Prospects in the City
An annual event for high potential students of black heritage, held in Central London in October 2020.

Positive Action Schemes at The Guardian (currently on hold due to Covid-19)
Summer work experience schemes for BAME individuals and individuals with a disability considering a career in journalism.