Anjeli Patel: "The key hurdle for trans* people in the workplace is getting employed in the first place"

Anjeli Patel is a Senior Consultant with EY’s people advisory practice. She is an Indian transgender woman who has worked closely on the professional service firm’s guide on gender identity and transition, which lays out guidelines and advice on how to support individuals going through gender transition and on the broader spectrum of gender identity. Additionally, she is involved in the firm’s professional LGBT+ network Unity and is an ambassador for the trans support network trans*formation.

Anjeli who has been listed in the top five EMpower Ethnic Minority Future Leaders List and in the top ten in the OUTstanding Future Leaders List for her pioneer work in the field, opened up to myGwork about the hurdles trans individuals face at the workplace and how she’s working hard for a better, more inclusive future.

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The myGwork team met with Steve Keith, Marketing and Communications Lead for Apprenticeships at EY, to discuss his experience in a previous role of being in the closet ‘9-5’ and his efforts in helping to overcome the obstacles that prevent social mobility and to create equal opportunities for everybody.

With a great passion for working with young people, and as the first of his family to graduate from University, Steve understands the hurdles that can prevent social mobility. Research suggests that people from privileged backgrounds end up taking a great number of the top jobs available.

“Only 1 in 8 people from a low-income background are likely to become a high-income earner. It’s a problem in society a not one that should exist. Your background shouldn’t really come into it; it should be about an individual’s talent and potential for the future. It can be a particular challenge for young LGBT people – it can feel like another workplace barrier to overcome.”

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