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Karen’s Story

Name: Karen

Home area: Barnet, London

University and Course: University of Nottingham, Accounting and Finance for China

Career aspiration: Accountant

I went to a school where it was an embarrassment to be in receipt of EMA. Because of my background, I was not expected to achieve good grades.

Nonetheless, because I was a very determined student, I achieved high grades in my GCSEs and was able to apply for the SMF’s Aspiring Professionals Programme. The SMF has provided me with opportunities I would not have been able to access because I did not have the right contacts in the corporate world.

Through the SMF, I completed internships at Deloitte, Accenture, ITV and PKF. These companies still look amazing on my CV! Even though it was evident that I was going to go to a good university as I have always had ambition, the SMF provided me with a mentor who gave me invaluable advice on what universities I should apply for and through the SMF I was able to visit Oxbridge and see how beautiful the campuses are.

I am currently in my third year at the University of Nottingham studying Accounting and Finance for China. The Social Mobility Foundation’s support has stood me in good stead for my career and I am eternally grateful for the experience.

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