Source: Social Mobility – Part ll

The main focus of the debate about social mobility however was on the State v.s. Private education divide.

Studies have proven that privately educated working class individuals rarely attain a leadership position in any organization or any industry whatsoever.

During the years of private education strong personal alliances are formed as a copig strategy for later life. This is how such privileged pupils from exclusive institutions reach adulthood occupying outstanding professional roles knowing several specialists in various fields (since school days) who can be reached at the touch of a button.

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Those who attend State schools are more likely to become familiar with a future drug dealer, prostitute, institutionalized benefits claimant, cleaner or bin man…rather than seating next to the future prime minister, secretary for justice, medical doctor, MP, etc

Even those blessed by Nature to break through the poverty trap and get a scholarship to an Ivy League establishment will experience a massive shock in terms of social class divide, lifestyle, habits and extra-curricular activities that their own family budgets never allowed financially.

As much as they try to fit in they never will fit it completely but surely will survive the experience, but as outsiders looking in.

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Those early bonds created in life’s playground represent the social capital that opens doors in the later professional life through the formation of effective social networks.

Each network represents a social circle of opportunities, benefits, exclusive information and resources to be pooled out according to its members specific needs.

Some social networks are so tightly knit no outsider can step through the ranks. If you consider recruitment is informally carried out within the social networks via system of recommendations, that just leaves out everybody who is underprivileged, marginalized and simply not in the know.

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There is a massive gap in accessing the jobs market as every year many positions remain void since companies cannot fill them with suitable applicants. Yet society is so fragmented that the existent social classes do not interact or mingle in any way.

Universities may open doors to people set on learning and improving their life chances but once that is over, unfortunately they stand no chance of securing a well paid role and decent life standards because they have no social capital nor real access to the jobs market via those exclusive and tight social networks…therefore mind the (social) gap!

The UK unfortunately has the worst record of social mobility in the whole of Europe and evidence seems to indicate that those in charge do not wish for change to come either.

During last year’s conference on the topic, several relevant issues were explored by a panel of experts and many seemed to argue that education and training could constitute a paramount tool to improve social mobility prospects for any individual.

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The general consensus was that the current generation in the UK is facing less life prospects and is much worse off than the generation that came after WWll !!!

Some called openly for internships to be scrapped completely as it only fast tracks the offspring of the wealthy. Nobody else can afford to work for free in one of the most expensive cities in the world with no financial income…

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Others suggested investing in volunteering and work placements. Personally I find this is rather disturbing if you realize such “opportunities” work for some but not for others.

It has long been established that for example, work placements exploit the vulnerabilities of migrant and BME labour force, who frequently find themselves a lot worse off at the end of it.

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Volunteering in the meanwhile was heralded as a gateway to learn new skills and knowledge in order to progress to a new job and better life prospects.

That is when suddenly someone decided to speak out denouncing the rogue cheap labour practice commonly widespread.

Others emphasized the need to bring back the good old technical institutions in order to provide useful practical skills that lead to professional roles for those who are not that academically gifted.

 

The reasonably fit and the super fit (not only those well prepared physically and mentally who train all year long as amateurs but also the obvious sports industry professionals) can be spotted a mile away as they just glide effortless through the entire event. These are the ones who cross the finish line fresh as daisies and recover fairly quickly too.

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As for the others, most of them don’t perform so brilliantly as you can perfectly see at the very end their strained faces contorted with the agonizing pain of the compounded effort. In fact, everything about them tells you they got more than they bargained for. I can only imagine they actually left respective homes wearing a t-shirt and trainers thinking that alone would qualify them as fit for purpose.

This scenario seems unbelievable and surreal if you consider this country has sports bodies and authorities for everything and special grants programmes to create Olympic champions!

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That brings me to this following question: why is there nobody responsible for ensuring these participants at least check the level of fitness or wellbeing before the events takes place? Whys is there no one responsible to ensure these participants do a check up with their respective GPs?

In the recent years how many people have injured themselves or died while playing bravado, just dragging their exhausted feet towards the finish line? Where does the liability for their welfare lie? Is it the charities they are meant to be supporting? Is it the organizers? Is it the participants themselves?

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In case it is the latter, then unfortunately the scenario is quite bleak…as the ignorance displayed, lack of discernment and pointless bravado are a toxic combination present in most participants who sadly can’t even identify the body signs of danger.

It is about time something is done to stop or prevent more tragedies from happening in the future.

 

Everybody loves a good charity event. On a regular basis they are regarded as a wonderful experience, they get a lot of press coverage as they represent something worth supporting and being involved with.

You also see people of all ages, nationalities, ethnicities and socio- economic backgrounds participating happily.

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At each event there are many parties are involved at different levels: there is the effort of the organizers and sponsors in materializing the whole operation from scratch, there is the effort of the charities that are desperate to fundraise in order to finance their good causes, the actual participants also contribute by gracing the event with their presence and paying a fee and finally you get to see their respective families and friends offering their deepest warmth and love to encourage the endurance, strength or speed prowess.

From this angle absolutely everything seems set in place for success and things fit together to complement each other’s role perfectly.

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Therefore I wonder (after witnessing so many of those charity sports events) how is it possible that all too often I see people exerting themselves whilst displaying a complete lack of knowledge about sports technique, nutrition and hydration?

Easily one can tell the wise from the fool! Some can’t even breathe correctly or position their own bodies in an optimal way to reduce physical effort and maximize overall performance. These people basically don’t have a clue about what they are doing! They are nothing but sad, tragic characters! All too often they endanger themselves and others by injuring themselves, tripping and falling their way into the emergency services when that could easily have been prevented in the first place.

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Source: Employment Support Agencies

Since the day I first used the services of employment support agencies it always confused me the real purpose of their existence.

The demographics present there seem to be always the same. Those needing the service are working class, migrants and ethnic minorities from UK. Those who work in the premises are alike too. Obviously the middle and upper classes are absent for they seem to hoard the useful contacts that everybody is lacking of!

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Every time one goes there it is always the same drill and no progress achieved at all! They never want users who expect to be spoonfed, instead they encourage them to optimise the resources available in order to find employment… so that in the end, they can take credit for the job seeker’s individual efforts!

In the most deprived and grotty areas of the country such agencies only survive thanks to the European Social Fund more than any Council or Central Government grants. I feel quite curious to see how they will cope after Brexit as I suspect that they have no “legs to stand on”…

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For the vast majority of those working inside such agencies, it’s just another way of making a living and the users are governmental statistics who fuel their survival by simply being out of work!

The disturbing part is that most of the time they don’t know what they are doing and seem like they are the ones who need help!

It is a mystery how they are placed there in the first place to advise, assist and motivate the unemployed because these “professionals” can’t even count, spell or articulate a sentence correctly. They have no formal qualifications or specific skills to work in this field.

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Tragic is the fact that thousands of desperate job seekers use these pathetic agencies and rely on their services to improve their life prospects and somehow build a future.

Nobody should be robbed of hope but there is no point in being hopeful when you are in the wrong place dealing with the wrong “professionals”.