Free Career Coaching For Working Class People – applications open

The Right Ethos are offering 30 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.

You need to write a short application and the strongest applications will receive a free session. Please address the following questions and email them to me along with your CV at

You don’t have the YES to all the indicative questions to qualify:

  1. Was all of your education between the age of 5-18 in a state school?
  2. Did you receive free school dinners? If yes, for how many years? 
  3. Did you live in council housing under the age of 18? If yes, for how many years?
  4. Are there any other reasons why you may deserve free Career Coaching?
  5. What role would you like to be doing in 5 years time and who would you ideally like to work for?
  6. What is your date of birth?
  7. 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. You will only be able to make one application in 2020.



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.” 


Do you work in Public Affairs? Natasha is looking for a mentor to support her into her career. Please connect with her on LinkedIN



Why are we doing this?

By Jonathan Dearth, Director 

The Right Ethos is 15 years old in 2022. 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.


Listen to BBC Radio 4’s – The Bottom Line programme entitled: Class In The Workplace


About The Right Ethos

The Right Ethos was set up after our founder, Jonathan Dearth, had worked in the campaigning sector for 13 years, for campaigning organisations including Amnesty International, Shelter, Liberty and the World Development Movement. It was set up as a response to multi-sector recruitment consultancies moving in on the charity sector, and in particular not recognising that people who work for campaigning organisations are motivated by justice and long term change.