Top firms debate how to improve fairness in graduate jobs market

Posted by er134 at Mar 19, 2014 03:25 PM |
University hosts Leicester Exchanges debate on Social Mobility – Realising Ambitions at the offices of Teach First in London on Thursday, 13 March
Top firms debate how to improve fairness in graduate jobs market

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The aim of making students’ prospects as fair as possible, regardless of their background, is something we value very highly here at Leicester.

This is why we are keen to see what both graduate recruiters and the higher education sector as a whole can do to improve recruitment prospects for the least advantaged – and our latest Leicester Exchanges live debate was a great opportunity to address the issue with leading figures in the field.

Our debate on Social Mobility – Realising Ambitions brought together a stellar panel of experts in graduate recruitment on Thursday, 13 March.

The panel included key figures at international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, Barclays Corporate and Investment Bank, and graduate teacher training programme Teach First, as well as our very own Dr Henrietta O’Connor of our School of Management.

A key point agreed by the panel was that it is up to organisations to spark the aspirations of children from non-privileged backgrounds early on to prevent them “self-selecting” themselves out of high-flying jobs.

Questions and comments were put to the panel by an audience of more than 50. Among the guests were recruiters from Civil Service Fast Stream, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and law firm Clifford Chance, as well as university staff from Greenwich School of Management and the University of Leicester’s own Career Development Service and Division of External Relations.

The event was held at Teach First’s sleek central London offices with stunning views of Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, City Hall and the Gherkin.

You can read a full write-up of the debate on the Leicester Exchanges website.