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

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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

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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

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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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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

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upReach at Labour conference: what needs to be done to help disadvantaged young people access good jobs?

upReach joined TwentyTwenty, Impetus-PEF and experts from politics and the professions at Labour conference earlier this week to discuss what the party needs to do to ensure fair access to good jobs. John Craven, CEO of upReach, Sarah Webster, Chair of TwentyTwenty, and Maria Neophytou, Director of Public Affairs at Impetus-PEF were joined by Stephen Kinnock Read More

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Associate blog: Sabina on the upReach Banking & Finance Springboard launch

The upReach team this week introduced its Banking and Finance Springboard, and I was fortunate enough to be invited to this week’s launch event. The Springboard is a set of activities which helps students from less-privileged backgrounds learn more about Banking and Finance, while building confidence and the technical skills crucial in making competitive applications. The Read More

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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