LGBTQ students have specific questions about entering the workforce. These people have some answers.

Northeastern’s Reach(OUT) LGBTQA+ Career Conference is an annual event, to be held Friday and Saturday, and focuses on the specific perspectives and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender non-conforming, non-binary, intersex, and asexual students who are on the verge of entering the workforce.

The speakers at the Reach(OUT) conference provide an example of how the lives of students might look in the future, said Jamie Bergeron, another panelist this year and the former assistant director of Northeastern’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.

“For so many of us, we were the first people in our workplace to be out about who we are,” she said, adding that this wasn’t the case for her at Northeastern but had been in previous jobs. “The Reach(OUT) conference is as much about career advice as it is about just seeing ourselves in the next phase of our lives in general.”

This was true for Sydney Mokel, who helped to organize the conference with the LGBTQA Resource Center and will be attending the event for the third consecutive year.

“As a college student, I don’t feel like I’m a ‘real adult,’” Mokel said, laughing. The international affairs major is close, though, set to graduate in May 2019.

“It’s so great to see and talk to real, queer adults. Even just to share stories, to be able to relate, or to ask specific questions that maybe a typical career advisor can’t answer,” she added. “Everyone there is just wondering if they’re doing the right thing, we’re wondering about our futures and what they’ll look like.”

Workshops cover a variety of topics. In other words, things that might not occur to employers to specifically address without prompting, but that are nonetheless important. Things that other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender non-conforming, non-binary, intersex, and asexual people before them have encountered.

Registration is required to attend the Reach(OUT) LGBTQA+ Career Conference.

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