15 episodes

A social mobility podcast that aims to inspire people from less privileged backgrounds to achieve career success and raise awareness of issues related to socio-economic background

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A social mobility podcast that aims to inspire people from less privileged backgrounds to achieve career success and raise awareness of issues related to socio-economic background

    The North/South Divide

    The North/South Divide

    In today’s episode I sit down with Joe Seddon. Joe is the Founder and CEO of Zero Gravity, a tech startup which mentors students from low-income backgrounds into the UK’s best universities and careers. Launched from his bedroom in West Yorkshire, Joe has grown Zero Gravity from a student bedroom startup into one of the UK’s leading social mobility organisations. In 2020, Zero Gravity mentored 1000+ low-income students into highly-selective universities, including 151 students into Oxbridge. Last year, Joe was named as one of the Top 10 Young Digital Leaders in the UK by Lloyd’s Bank, and his work with Zero Gravity has been recognised with a social impact award from the Prime Minister.
    In our conversation we discuss a range of topics such as the north/south divide in opportunities in the UK, why so few students from the poorest households get into top universities and how Zero Gravity is disrupting the social mobility space. This is a really informative episode so lets get straight into it!

    Check out Zero Gravity here:
    Website: https://www.zerogravity.co.uk/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joinzg/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/joinzg/

    ***Please note that the views shared in this podcast by the speakers are personal and do not represent their respective employers.***

    • 49 min
    How Your Socio-Economic Background Can Be Used Against You

    How Your Socio-Economic Background Can Be Used Against You

    In today’s episode I sit down with Tony Hursey. Tony is a Planning Manager at Zenith, which is a part of the wider Publicis Groupe, one of the largest marketing and communications networks in the world. In his role, he has worked on award-winning industry campaigns with brands such as Ray Ban, Carling, & Rekorderlig, acting as a key client partner delivering media campaigns and cross-agency presentations. For his standout work, Tony has been identified as standout agency talent having been recognised as Highly Commended at the 2020 Zenith Annual Awards.
     In our conversation we discuss a range of topics such as how your socio-economic background can be used against you, why privileged professionals are overrepresented across industries and how young people from less privileged backgrounds can enter the advertising industry.
    ***Please note that the views shared in this podcast by the speakers are personal and do not represent their respective employers.***

    • 34 min
    Owning Your Socio-Economic Background

    Owning Your Socio-Economic Background

    In today’s episode I sit down with David McIntosh. David is a Management Consultant at KPMG based in Scotland having started his career as an Apprentice on the KPMG360 Programme. Whilst at KPMG, David founded the companies Social Mobility Scotland Network and now Chairs the wider UK Social Mobility Network. For his efforts advocating for social mobility, David was recognised as the BPP UK Apprentice of the Year 2020 and was also invited to meet and speak with Her Majesty the Queen.
    In our conversation we discuss a range of topics such as the link between financial hardship and mental health, how work relocation allowances can effect job opportunities for less privileged professionals and the value of owning your low socio-economic background. David is super transparent and open in this episode which makes for a very engaging discussion. I know you’ll enjoy listening to it!

    ***Please note that the views shared in this podcast by the speakers are personal and do not represent their respective employers.***

    • 48 min
    (Part 2) Growing Up Without A Computer

    (Part 2) Growing Up Without A Computer

     In today’s episode I sit down with Rene Germain. Rene is a 28-year-old Digital Product Manager, writer, speaker and champion of the Black community. She has worked at leading investment banks, professional services firms and media companies. Rene has been writing about careers and navigating the workplace since 2016 to help fellow black students and graduates. This year her debut book, Black and Great, the career manifesto will be published by Coronet Books on the 19th August. Rene is also a prolific writer, having written for HuffPost, Fortune.com, Stylist Magazine and Buzzfeed news.

    Rene and I discuss a number of things such as her experience growing up without a computer at home, how she became a published author and the power of being bold and asking for what you want. This episode is equally as engaging as it is humourous so you’ll want to listen to it in full!

    ***Please note that the views shared in this podcast by the speakers are personal and do not represent their respective employers.***

    • 27 min
    (Part 1) Growing Up Without A Computer

    (Part 1) Growing Up Without A Computer

    In today’s episode I sit down with Rene Germain. Rene is a 28-year-old Digital Product Manager, writer, speaker and champion of the Black community. She has worked at leading investment banks, professional services firms and media companies. Rene has been writing about careers and navigating the workplace since 2016 to help fellow black students and graduates. This year her debut book, Black and Great, the career manifesto will be published by Coronet Books on the 19th August. Rene is also a prolific writer, having written for HuffPost, Fortune.com, Stylist Magazine and Buzzfeed news.

    Rene and I discuss a number of things such as her experience growing up without a computer at home, how she became a published author and the power of being bold and asking for what you want. This episode is equally as engaging as it is humourous so you’ll want to listen to it in full!

    ***Please note that the views shared in this podcast by the speakers are personal and do not represent their respective employers.***

    • 40 min
    Building Alumni Networks In State Schools

    Building Alumni Networks In State Schools

    In today’s episode I sit down with Akeem-Chavez Williams. Akeem is an Alumni Programme manager at Future First, an award-winning charity that builds alumni networks in state schools. Akeem joined Future First after 4 years of working in Higher Education at Russell Group Universities, as well as working with organisations to provide educational talks surrounding queer identity. Akeem has also worked on the HIV: Let’s sort this together campaign, which aims to end new diagnoses of the disease within a generation. This campaign is Manchester’s first HIV prevention and awareness campaign, and was in partnership with LGBT Foundation, George House Trust and PaSH.

    In our conversation, we discuss the recent Sewell report and whether institutional racism exists in the UK, the value of building alumni networks and what employers can do to level the playing field for young people. Future First do amazing work in the UK so I’m excited for you to listen and learn how you can get involved in what they do.

     ***Please note that the views shared in this podcast by the speakers are personal and do not represent their respective employers.***

    • 44 min

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