Sasha’s experience of the Aspiring Professionals Programme

Applying for the Social Mobility Foundation’s Aspiring Professionals Programme is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The events that I’ve attended this year have developed my confidence and given me the opportunity to meet so many other young people like myself. Before joining the programme I was extremely shy and I was reluctant […]

Student stories

Students on the SMF programme gain a wide range of exciting experiences, either in their home city or through one of the residentials. We asked three of our students to share some of their experiences with you: Felicity, Politics Being a member of the Social Mobility Foundation has opened up many doors for me, and […]

“I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how quickly I’ve taken to mentoring and how easy it’s been to incorporate into my life.”

A core pillar of the SMF’s Aspiring Professionals Programme is e-mentoring, where students are matched with a professional who works in the career or sector the student would like to enter. We asked one of our mentoring pairs, Catherine and Safah, about their first impressions of each other, and the programme. Here’s what they had […]

SMF: 2 years, 4 new offices & still growing!

At the beginnng of the year, the Social Mobility Commission’s Index ranked all areas in England from 1 to 324 on how good they are for social mobility; the top 20% of areas were ranked as social mobility ‘hot spots’ and the bottom 20% as ‘cold spots’. While 30 of London’s 32 boroughs are hot spots, three […]

Guiding our undergraduates to professional success

It has been a whirlwind of activity so far this year for our undergraduates. As we come to the mid-way point of the busy summer period, they are certainly dispelling any myths about work-shy students. With 12 events already under our belts, we have another 20 planned before the year is out. These cover everything […]

“I hope it won’t be my last visit to Number 10 – perhaps next time it will be as a Cabinet member… or PM!” (SMF student)

‘Unforgettable’, ‘momentous’, ‘fascinating’. You would be forgiven for assuming we are grasping for words to capture recent weeks in British politics. In fact, these are just some of the ways the 27 SMF students who were selected from across the country to join an exclusive tour of No 10 Downing Street described the experience. The students […]

“I look forward to gaining invaluable knowledge from a professional who has already achieved what are only aspirations to me at the moment”

Over the last month, the Social Mobility Foundation’s (SMF) Year 12/S5 students have been busy getting their online mentoring relationship off the ground. Students are matched with mentor for a year from within the career sector they hope to enter. We have a fantastic pool of mentors, each bringing with them their own story and […]

SMF students take a break from revision and think about their careers ahead

Research has shown that meaningful career guidance and preparation is an important step to increasing social mobility. Setting achievable goals and identifying practical steps towards these goals, alongside meeting employers and employees, is considered good career guidance practice. Following on from SMF’s Easter events, sixth form students from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds got […]

7 – The magic number?

We have a seven second window of opportunity to make that first impression. Only 7% of communication is based on the words we use – according to research by UCLA, 55% of communication stems from our body language alone. But what does this mean in practice? At our Making an Impression workshops, students in Glasgow, […]

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