Nepotism is rife in ‘Intern Britain’ Current Affairs
A report has confirmed what we knew all along: it’s way easier to get on the career ladder if you’re well connected.
Almost three-quarters of privileged young people have used family connections to secure work experience, a report on social mobility revealed this week.
The research, published by The Debrett’s Foundation, found privileged young people get the best work placements, with those from private schools twice as likely to secure an internship in London as their state-educated peers.
It also found almost half of young people from less affluent backgrounds have had to turn down the offer of a work placement away from home because they couldn’t afford the living and travel costs.
Joanne Milner, CEO at Debrett’s, said: “With young people having to complete seven work experience placements before landing the job they want, it’s safe to say that ‘Intern Britain’ is here to stay.
“Securing the right work experience placement is difficult, considerably more so if you don’t have the right connections. Nepotism isn’t any more widespread than it was in the past, but it has a greater impact today. There are so many candidates for the top graduate jobs – it follows that those with the best experience have a better chance of securing them.”
Young people are clearly aware of this inequality though: more than a quarter of said they believe it’s easier to land a great placement if you have a double-barrelled surname.
The report also revealed that the gender pay gap starts earlier than expected, with boys earning, on average, 32% more than girls for work experience placements.
According to the research, a quarter of young people believe the system for getting work experience placements and internships in Britain is not fair, with respondents citing factors such as double-barrelled names, the type of school attended and accents as being important in the process.
William Bishop, 22, used his family connections to get work experience at a creative media agency and then a magazine. It clearly paid off: he is now editor of a website.
“Family connections are just one tool in the arsenal of the student on the hunt for work experience,” said William. “I did two other work placements while at university, which were secured through simply applying for opportunities advertised by my university careers centre.”
“Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life that some people have family connections in a field they want to follow a career in. You should use connections if you’re lucky enough to have them, but it shouldn’t form the entirety of your efforts.
“Plenty of companies and organisations have formal work experience opportunities where nepotism may be less rife.”
Debrett’s, known for its guides to etiquette, launched its foundation last year. It runs a development programme established to deliver training and networks to academic achievers from less privileged backgrounds.
By Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutCareers.com
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Every month AllAboutCareers.com’s make-believe mystic, Claire Voyant, will be predicting the twists and turns of your very own career path. She’ll be using her distinct lack of supernatural powers to tell you exactly what’s going to happen with your career over the next 30 days.
All hopped up on sugar from eating too many candy canes, Claire Voyant is really, really, really excited about predicting the future of your career this Christmas. That’s right! AllAboutCareers’ make-believe mystic is coming to town and she’s got a sack full of career predictions for you to unwrap. You’ll find them under your Careeristmas tree, right next to the Kindle from your parents and the festive socks from your favourite auntie…
AllAboutCareers’ make-believe mystic, Claire Voyant, is currently getting ready for Christmas. She’s been pretty busy decking her halls with boughs of holly and cramming mince pies into her cavernous mouth, but she’s finally found a little bit of spare time to predict the peaks and troughs of your career over this festive period. Who knows, you might even find a job at the bottom of your stocking this year?!
A degree doesn’t always have to be directly related to what you do in the long run. Some of these celebs have degrees in subjects you’d never expect! Take a look…
If you’ve always dreamt of a career in the Secret Service, then this might be for you. GCHQ is running an online campaign inviting cyber geeks and “self-taught” hackers to try and crack a code. This is recruitment as you’ve never seen it before…
British businesses desire employees able to speak a major European language, and there are signs of a shift toward languages such as Mandarin and Arabic too.
If you’ve ever considered leaving Britain for the sun-drenched shores of Australia, you’re in luck. The Australian government has announced that it plans to reduce the current ‘pass mark’ for Brits who are looking to move to Australia and obtain a working visa. Good call…
University is getting more and more expensive, but tuition fees aren’t the most immediate problem for the UK’s student population. Student living costs are the real slap in the face; so much so that the National Union of Students (NUS) claims more and more students are turning to prostitution to fund their studies.* While this may seem a little bit extreme, new research from Standard Life reveals the significant amount of money that students are currently forking out each month…
Apprentices are a happy lot. Modern apprenticeships have been on the rise for some time and the latest report from the Department for Business Innovation & Skills suggests that employers and apprentices on the whole are pretty chuffed with apprenticeships…
A-level results were published today, with over 396,000 students already accepted onto undergraduate degree courses. This is up 3% on the previous year.
The latest High Fliers report, which surveys the top graduate employers in the UK, has revealed that three quarters of the graduate vacancies at investment banks are filled by those who have already completed an internship or some form of work experience with the company. With many internship deadlines looming, there’s more reason than ever to fire off those applications…
Over half of 1500 first-year undergraduates admitted they became interested in a particular career through somebody they knew.
It has been announced today that OFFA, the Office for Fair Access, has approved ‘revised access agreements’ for 24 higher education institutions and one further education college in the UK. These changes do not affect current university students, but they will have an impact on the choices of A-level students who are planning to go to university in 2012…
UCAS have analysed university applications and admissions since the announcement of the rise of tuition fees four years ago.
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, please put a penny in AllAboutCareers’ hat…
Today (12 November) is the day where first year students are most likely to quit university.
Nearly a third of graduate interns are unpaid and it is estimated that each spend £926 a month to work for free.
An analysis of 4000 business, political, media and public sector leaders has found that a disproportionate number have been educated at independent schools and Oxbridge.
Recent research has revealed that a flabbergasting 70% of students and graduates feel overwhelmed by the prospect of job hunting. Just 18% claim to be fully prepared when it comes to looking for that elusive first job after graduation.
A group of students in Manchester have had their games console, DVD player and speakers seized after complaints from residents.
Average advertised graduate salaries was £26,438 in October 2014 – a year-on-year increase of 15.7%. This places graduate jobs far ahead of any other sector in terms of their annual salary increase.
Video interviews are set to become more common graduate recruitment, as research has found that an increasing number are being asked to interview by video rather than face-to-face or over the phone.
The coalition government may have trebled undergraduate tuition fees to £9000 a year, but today dearest George Osbourne announced that a student loan system for postgraduate master’s degrees will be available from 2016-17.
Average salaries for graduates are £9,000 higher than non-graduates, with grads earning a median salary of £31,000.
The Labour Party and its bacon sandwich loving leader, Ed Miliband, look set to announce that they will ban unpaid internships if they win the next general election.
“What’s the cube root of 125?”
London universities are breaking the dominance of Oxford and Cambridge, according to official figures.
So that’s where all the jobs are…
National Apprenticeship Week kicks off today. We’ll be bringing you a series of informative, interesting and hopefully inspiring features and news stories to mark the occasion. But first: what is it all about?
Think applying for a graduate scheme means endless forms and impossible questions? Well think again, the graduate scheme at Havas Worldwide requires just140 little characters…
Students base their votes on “student issues”, and many are still angry that the Liberal Democrats failed to honour a promise to block a rise in tuition fees when the party entered into a coalition with the Conservatives five years ago. Does this mean the student voice will not be represented at the coming general election?
There were more than seven million Tweets about jobs in the last month alone. Clearly in demand as a tool for job-hunters, Twitter has announced the launch of its first-ever UK job fair, as part of a pan-European project aiming to make careers advice and information accessible to Twitter users across Europe.
They’re back! The toughest law topics return this year courtesy of Sweet & Maxwell’s Nutshells revision series with some fresh chapters voted for by your lovely selves to save you from your law exam woes! First up, it’s the first International Law nugget: Use of Force…
Over 100,000 mature students have been accepted into universities and colleges this year.
The College of Law has announced two new scholarships for students starting their BPTC course in 2012. Part of the aim of the scholarships is to encourage diversity in the Bar. So what do they involve and how can you get your mitts on one?
The end of the year is drawing close, the days are getting darker and there’s a chill in the air. Do you know what’ll warm the cockles of your heart? Our thermal predictor. Oh yes, every year we’ll wheel out our barometer to predict what’ll be hot or not next year…