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Read our latest research on class and early careers in the social sector

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How class affects access to social sector careers

“I think it would be good if more not for profits…did a placement schemes, because it's so difficult for students to get work experience. A lot of the time you need a lot of experience to get into the charity sector, but you can only really do that by volunteering. But for my first two years at uni, I was working part time, 20 hours a week alongside my studies so I didn't have time to do the volunteering that's required to get experience to go to the charity.”

“..in my cohort in the graduate scheme I think I was one of two out of 15 who hadn't been to Oxford or Cambridge…I actually felt like the dummy in the room which, you know, sort of says it all, because I also went to a Russell Group University and I’m white and whatever else.”

"As my career progressed  and I began to build and lead teams, I became more concerned about the obvious lack of working-class people in recruitment pipelines, in teams, in leadership. I also noticed the way that concepts like ‘professional’ were often used as synonyms for ‘middle class’; this is significant when the level of professionalism is, for example, the tie-break factor in which young candidate gets a job.

I would like us to move away, as a sector, from solutions that rely on individuals changing on their own; for example, away from some employability schemes, for example, that implicitly suggest adopting middle class mannerisms is the way to get ahead, and instead move towards the structural and cultural change that can lead to larger impact, sustainable change and that can broaden working class representation in the social sector with its own identity still intact." 

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