Upcoming Events

Careers Academies

upReach Careers Academies are a one day event designed to develop commercial awareness and employability skills, with a range of sessions throughout the day run by upReach's partner employers and members of the team.

  • 21st August
  • 10th September
  • 13th December
  • 14th December (Manchester): upReach's first Careers Academy in Manchester will be on 13th December and will follow the same format to their sister events hosted in London.

Consulting Academy - 30th August

The first upReach Consulting Academy will give Associates an insight into the profession from our employer partners including McKinsey & Company and North Highland Worldwide Consulting. Sessions will include a case study workshop, PST masterclass, 1-to-1 support tailoring a CV to consulting roles, as well as the chance to network with consultants and hear their experiences first-hand.

Manchester Office Launch Party - 15th October

upReach will be hosting an official opening of its new offices in Manchester, a move designed to tackle social mobility outside of London and provide accessible opportunities for Associates in the north of the UK. The Manchester office will see us expand our regional networks, working with local employers and Universities to improve social mobility.

Student Social Mobility Awards - November

upReach will be hosting its inaugural Student Social Mobility Awards in November, recognising outstanding achievements by undergraduates from less-advantaged backgrounds and contributions to improving social mobility by Universities and employers. It will take place at the House of Lords


Recent Events

Law Academy, 9th August 2018

upReach hosted their first Law Academy in partnership with Addleshaw Goddard. This exciting day gave students the opportunity to network with Trainees and Paralegals from the firm and explore the range of career opportunities on offer. upReach Associates worked in collaboration with AG trainees to tackle a legal challenge case study and develop their commercial awareness.

Banking Academy, 21st June 2018

The first upReach Banking Academy was led by a team of Goldman Sachs volunteers from a range of divisions, who participated in speed networking to share their career journeys with Associates, and led a presentation workshop to increase their commercial awareness. The Goldman Sachs volunteers trained the upReach team in the morning in advance of the Banking Academy event, enhancing the depth of support available to Associates.

Access to the Professions Review - Bank of America Merrill Lynch, 23rd May 2018

upReach gathered partner employers and universities to review the impact of our collaboration, share preliminary findings of our Employability Skills Gap research, and look ahead to contextual recruitment in the coming year. The evening was hosted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, with upReach Associates speaking to highlight how their aspirations have been raised and networks expanded due to our partnership with the bank.

upReach Alumni event, 2nd May 2018

Allen & Overy hosted our fifth Alumni event, where 30 former Associates learnt about the "importance of Personal Brand" from Trang Chu. A professional coach and former Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Trang guided Alumni on creating an authentic personal brand during their early career stages.

5 Year Anniversary, 22nd November 2017

upReach celebrated our fifth anniversary with over 70 guests hearing representatives from three of our founding partners, Deloitte, Exeter University and KPMG, discuss how we have successfully partnered to support over a thousand students over the last five years, and from an upReach Associate how upReach had helped her succeed.

Ryan Shorthouse, director of Bright Blue, reviewed the initial findings of our research into the Employability Skills Gap, and our two year Growth Catalyst Partner grant from Bank of America Merrill Lynch was announced, which we anticipate will help us grow to supporting 2000 students per year from less-advantaged backgrounds by 2020.

Careers Academy

6th April 2018

The first upReach Careers Academy of 2018 saw over 50 Associates attend a day of skills sessions led by upReach and partner employers. Associates each attended three sessions throughout the day, with partner employers CIL and 2020 Delivery giving an insight in to the world of strategy and management consulting, Aviva giving Associates an overview of the travel opportunities on their Global Graduate Leaders Programme and former upReach Associate Bhagya Silva sharing his experiences on life in the Civil Service Fast Stream.

8th December 2017

The upReach Christmas Careers Academy had a number of our partner employers delivering sessions throughout the day, and gave Associates an insight in to a range of career sectors. Owain Service, Managing Director of the Behavioural Insight Team, kicked off the day with an inspiring session on the importance of setting achievable goals, and was followed by sessions run by partners including JMAN, McKinsey, Aviva and Close Brothers. Associates also attended an insightful session on the Civil Service Fast Stream, delivered by former Associate and upReach secondee Amy Prewer, while Greg Simmons, Executive Director at UBS, spoke about effectively handling rebuttals and the value of resilience.

5th September 2017

upReach’s second Careers Academy of the summer built on the successes of the first event two weeks previously, with 50 Associates gaining a valuable insight in to a range of industries from a host of upReach’s partner employers. Bank of America Merrill Lynch ran insightful sessions on their in-house Law divisions, product development and a skills session to help Associates develop their teamwork skills, consultants JMAN and McKinsey ran sessions on careers in technology and management consultancy, and Unilever gave a fascinating insight in to the Retail and Consumer Goods industry. This was complemented by mock interview and personal branding sessions run throughout the day by members of the upReach team.

22nd August 2017

upReach’s inaugural Careers Academy gave 42 Associates the opportunity to network and attend sessions run by upReach’s partner employers, members of the upReach team and more. Across the day, Associates attended sessions run by partner employers McKinsey, Unilever, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the Civil Service Fast Stream, Aviva and KPMG, each highlighting the work that they do and the opportunities they have available for undergraduates. This was complemented by a personal branding session run by Gareth Lewis, a consultant with experience in helping CEO’s develop their presence and impact, and mock interviews and CV clinics run by the upReach team.