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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.