Free Career Coaching For Working Class People – applications open
The Right Ethos are offering 50 free Career Coaching sessions for working class individuals right at the start of their career – under 26 and who have never had paid work in the sector. The sessions generally take place via ZOOM.
Please address the following questions and email them to me along with your CV at firstname.lastname@example.org
You don’t have to answer YES to all of the first 3 questions to qualify, but they will help us to assess :
- Was all of your education between the age of 5-18 in a state school?
- Did you receive free school dinners? If yes, for how many years?
- Did you live in council housing under the age of 18? If yes, for how many years?
- Are there any other reasons why you may deserve free Career Coaching?
- What role would you like to be doing in 5 years time and who would you ideally like to work for?
- What is your date of birth?
- Have you ever had paid employment in the charity sector?
It is a rolling application process and we hope to be back in touch soon.
Why are we doing this?
By Jonathan Dearth, Director
The Right Ethos is 16 years old in 2023. And since the start, we have always had inexperienced or no experienced, but keen, individuals looking to break into the campaigns and external affairs sector.
It was clear that these people didn’t know where to start their careers, but with a little bit of guidance could focus their efforts and get themselves on the first rung of the career ladder. So, we started offering Career Coaching. We have done this not as a money-making exercise, it’s less than 1% of our income, but as a service – we basically break even on it.
But I remember back to 1994 when I started volunteered in Shelter’s public affairs team – we didn’t call it anything as glamorous as an “internship” back then. The first intern I remember was Monica Lewinsky and she didn’t become known until the end of the nineties. I was understandably naive and just didn’t understand how to do interviews and failed badly. No-one I knew when I was growing up had been involved in this sector. I had kind support of experienced Shelter colleagues with my CV and applications. The late Iain Pigg, who managed me and also Ben Summerskill, who went on to be the Chief Executive of Stonewall.
It is this kind support that Iain and Ben offered me that I now wish to replicate for working class individuals looking to break into the campaigns and communications sector.
Natasha Mpofu, a 20 year old student in Manchester received a free coaching session. She gave the following feedback:
“Thank you for taking the time out to impart wisdom and advice. I had no clear idea of what I wanted to achieve in the future just that I wanted to work in Policy, outside of Parliament and Whitehall. The chat we had really affirmed my career goals and has been influential in mapping out my next steps in attempting to achieve these goals.
The advice I received about networking on Linkedin and how to structure my messages was extremely valuable and a tactic I had neglected in the past due to a lack of confidence. You have empowered me to feel confident enough to start messaging people today. You helped me to understand the value of using this social networking site in a positive manner that can provide me with skills and opportunities further down the line.
Our conversation on storytelling to answer interview questions finally clicked all the previous advice I had been given about interviews as it will allow me to structure conversations during the interview process differently.
Finally, I would like to say I truly appreciate the opportunity to gain free coaching from yourself as coming from a working class background, I don’t have a lot of people to seek career advice to so this experience was invaluable. I will make sure to implement all of the recommendations we spoke about today.”
‘Socioeconomic status is a real barrier in the charity sector’ (January 2023)
How to Crack the Class Ceiling (BBC iPlayer – December 2022)
Class in the Charity Sector (August 2022)
Listen to BBC Radio 4’s – The Bottom Line programme entitled: Class In The Workplace