Career Inclusion Ambassador
Everyone should be given equal opportunity to achieve and have the life and career they work hard for, however; different backgrounds can play a part in putting people on a backfoot before they even start. During the pandemic, I mentored at a school in a deprived borough in London.
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The programme was run to give those students the confidence to apply for university, as for the majority, they would be the first generation of their family to do so. The school recognised that these children could be missing out by not knowing what’s available to them.
I’d like to ensure that when people apply for roles, their personal background doesn’t matter. Of course, at times, certain qualifications are needed, but how many times do you see ‘degree required’ when experience and the right attitude would be ten times more valuable. Maybe the individual didn’t have the same opportunity as the person with the degree, maybe they didn’t grow up in an area where going to university was normalised. I believe that, as recruiters, we have the opportunity to influence future employers, encouraging them to take a wider view when hiring, to ensure no one is on the backfoot, offering everyone an equal opportunity.