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Associate blog: Alexandra on her experiences at the KPMG Professional Experience Week

“I gained more knowledge of the professional services industry and how to network.” upReach Associate Alexandra McLeod shares her experiences of the Professional Experience Week at KPMG, and how it helped shape her perceptions and aspirations for the future: Which Professional Experience Week did you attend? I went to the KPMG Professional Experience Week with upReach. It Read More

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Associate blog: Fatima on how upReach helped her secure a dream internship

  “I cannot emphasise enough how much upReach has helped me!” King’s Associate and Spring Insight Programme convert to Summer Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Fatima explains what upReach means for her. How has your experience with upReach helped you? Being an upReach Associate has been incredible! Being the first in my family Read More

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Contextual data is key in recruitment processes

the upReach view, Jade Azim, Programme Coordinator Grant Thornton recently undertook an experiment in their recruitment process: a relaxation of academic requirements. The Sunday Times recently reported that they have reaped the rewards in not only a newly diverse workforce, but a very successful and productive one too. In 2013, they dropped their previous requirements Read More

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A more inclusive City of London

the upReach view, Jade Azim, Programme Coordinator The Lord Mayor’s comments last week on the City of London’s socially exclusive culture is a welcome contribution to the conversation surrounding social mobility in finance and other professional sectors – a conversation that upReach has been championing, particularly with its recent partnerships with Nomura and Bank of Read More

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Access and the creative industries

the upReach view, Jade Azim, Programme Coordinator Recent comments from BBC Director-General Lord Hall on the BBC’s difficulties with tackling social exclusivity serve as a positive recognition of an issue that has long affected the creative industries. Though the problem is well-known, the extent of the issue continues to surprise. There is a substantive history Read More

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Outcomes of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility

the upReach View, Jade Azim, Programme Coordinator: Last week the All Party Parliamentary Group reported its findings on social mobility, or the lack of, in top professions. upReach’s CEO, John Craven, was part of a panel giving evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group alongside former Associate Archie Brixton and the Chief Executive of The Read More