Who are you? Why do you need to know what it is you are?
How do you decide what to wear?
Which clothes are best for you?
What do you want to achieve with your life?
These are just some of the questions you might have asked yourself during the first few months of your transition, when you may have been struggling with how to find a job and whether or not you will be able to keep your existing job.
But how can you know whether or how you are a good fit for a particular job?
A survey of 1,000 transgender people in Britain found that while many people felt they fit in the right role for their gender identity, some were surprised by the challenges of finding a suitable role in the workplace.
The survey of over 2,000 people, conducted by the UK’s Transgender Equality Network, found that nearly a third (33%) said they were surprised at how difficult it was finding work, and about half (51%) of respondents had experienced discrimination in the job market.
What are your answers?
I’m very comfortable in my own skin 2.
I don’t feel as though I fit in 3.
I think I’m not good at this.
I feel like I’m stuck in the wrong body 5.
I struggle with my transition 6.
I want to find work but don’t know where to go 7.
I do have a career but I don.
I like the idea of having a job, but I can’t afford it 9.
I just want to be a woman and be happy.
“Transgender people are not a monolith,” TransActive UK’s director of research, Dr Rachel McManus, told Business Insider.
“Transgender is not a binary or one-size-fits-all.”
TransActive UK has compiled an infographic highlighting the many challenges transgender people face in finding work and career opportunities.
The infographic also highlights some key points about how you can find the right job.
It states that there are a wide range of careers that can be done by transgender people.
“For example, some roles can be found as a result of a gender transition such as a male surgeon or a male nurse, or the transition to female, or a gender reassignment, or simply having gender reassigned as a child,” the infographic states.
Some transgender people choose to pursue careers that involve “transgender” professions, such as nurse or a psychologist.
Others are employed in non-transgender jobs, such at a coffee shop, or in a retail job.
However, there are also many roles that are “trans” that are considered unsuitable for transgender people, such a nurse, a salesperson or a shop assistant.
And some jobs that are already being filled by transgender workers are being targeted for changes.
“There are now many transgender jobs that have been taken over by men who do not have the requisite training or experience to be able fill these roles,” the TransActive infographic states, pointing to roles that traditionally involve “passing” as men.
There are also roles that transgender people have been forced to accept that are deemed “pass-through” jobs, like a doctor or a security guard, that cannot be done in accordance with their gender identities.
Many transgender people who are trans-inclusive, who are able to be employed in these jobs, face discrimination from employers and have had to leave the profession.
Transactive UK’s report states that many trans-aware employers have been reluctant to hire trans-qualified workers.
They have been wary of working with people who identify as transgender, fearing they may be labelled “traitors”.
“Trans people have historically been underrepresented in the transgender workforce,” McManes told Business Insights.
“As more and more trans people become part of the workforce, the question of whether or why trans people should be employed is getting more complex.”
“Some employers may be reluctant to employ trans people if they think they may attract unwanted attention,” she added.
“Others may think trans people are a problem in their workplace because of their gender expression.
But it is important to note that employers do not need to be trans-exclusive to be accepting of trans people.”
In 2015, the government introduced legislation to legalise transgender people’s right to access and live in the UK, after a long battle.
This legislation has been lauded by many trans people who have said it has made it easier for them to be accepted by employers and given them the opportunity to live as their authentic selves.
The government also launched the National Gender Recognition Act in 2017.
McManus said trans people can be a valuable part of society and are also important members of society.
“It is important that trans people have the same opportunities to contribute to society as other groups,” she said.
“They can be part of our communities, be active in our society and be part a large part of their communities, so we should all be striving to make sure that