All funds raised will be used to support high-potential young people from disadvantaged background to access the networks and opportunities they need to flourish in higher education and the work place.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 14 June 2022 to 12:20 PM, 28 June 2022
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1115888)
Where you grew up, what your parents did and where you went to school are huge predictors of career outcomes in the UK. Only 6% of doctors, 12% of journalists and 12% of CEO's come from working class origins. Even before the pandemic social mobility was stagnating and the issue has been further exacerbated; the result will be that we lose progress on social mobility unless we take significant action now..
We directly support young people from low-income backgrounds to access top universities and careers through our programme across 11 career sectors. Students join aged 16 and, over 5 years benefit from one to one mentoring, advice, work placements, university and job application support. We also advocate for social mobility and influence employers through the Social Mobility Employers Index, which ranks organisations according to their social mobility activity.
The SMF Aspiring Professionals Programme has been invaluable in helping me gain the experience, skills and confidence I need to secure a graduate job. The support I received, from application reviews, mentoring and mock interviews, has been irreplaceable.
Finding a mentor in my field would have been a very difficult thing to do without the help of the SMF. As someone who has very few links to medical professionals in my immediate circle I felt as though I was given a golden opportunity.
My parents are bursting with pride at where I am today – they knew, along with my teachers and my mentors that I had the potential to go this far – and the SMF played more than one role in supporting me to get here!
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