Associate Blog: Emily on what she gained from the KPMG Professional Experience Week

Emily is in her second year at Liverpool University studying Accounting and Management, and has been an upReach Associate since December 2016. Last July Emily spent 4 days in KPMG’s Canary Wharf office as part of the KPMG Professional Experience Week – here she shares her insights. What did you do at the Professional Experience Read More

Graeme Atherton

Associate Blog: Quinn on the benefits of the upReach Mentoring Programme

Quinn is studying Business and Management at the University of Exeter and is in his second year of being an upReach Associate. Last year he became Marketing Manager of the Exeter upReach Society and through upReach gained a place on the Deloitte Professional Experience week, before recently securing a marketing placement with GlaxoSmithKline. Quinn was Read More

Graeme Atherton

Associate blog: upReach team reaches the national final of the KPMG International Case Competition

This year, upReach secured the opportunity for three teams of Associates to enter the KPMG International Case Competition (KICC). Team members work together to solve a given business scenario, by choosing between several suggested solutions; presenting their recommendations for the client; and justifying their decisions when questioned by the judges. Competitors are held to the Read More

Graeme Atherton

Associate blog: Jali on Discover McKinsey and how upReach helped him secure this opportunity

Jali is in his second year of being an upReach Associate, and is currently completing the Consultancy Springboard. Last year he gained places on the Spring programmes at both McKinsey and Deloitte. As the Discover McKinsey programme opened for applications this week, Jali shares his experiences with Associates who are considering applying to the scheme. Read More

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Unpaid internships and living costs ‘prevent’ social mobility

Unpaid internships, combined with rising living costs, are shutting less-advantaged youngsters out of many careers, a social mobility study says. The Sutton Trust estimates that 40% of 70,000 internships undertaken annually are unpaid – but young workers need a minimum of £1,019 per month to live in London and £827 in Manchester. It has backed Read More

Graeme Atherton

Team Blog: Our research shows that less-advantaged students have grit and resilience that employers should favour

Jade Azim,  upReach Programme Leader, shares her view on what our new research shows about the strengths of candidates from less-advantaged backgrounds It is an experience any young person from a working class background would be familiar with: at interview, make sure to modify your accent and hide away your perceived rough edges. To succeed Read More

Graeme Atherton

New social mobility research exposes deep employability skills gap between state and private schooled students

Social mobility charity upReach is today launching innovative new research that demonstrates the employability skills gap between those from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Preliminary findings using extensive data collected from over 1,500 students across the country show significant differences in some of the key employability skills and experiences required to secure prestigious graduate employment. upReach surveyed Read More

Graeme Atherton

Baroness Helena Kennedy becomes patron of upReach

upReach, a charity providing programmes of support to help bright undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds to secure top jobs, has announced that Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, the Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford University, is to be its first Patron. upReach was founded in 2012 to tackle the disadvantage that students from poorer backgrounds face in securing Read More