We are excited to share a preview of all the episodes in Season One with you. Episodes will be launched every two weeks and are available to listen free across all major podcast platforms. Subscribers to the Climbing The Rungs mailing list hear the episodes before anyone else!

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In this episode we discuss:

  • The tragic experience that led Leanne to pursue a career in Medicine

  • The power of understanding your ‘Why’ and purpose

  • The challenges of moving from a state school to a private school

  • Starting an award winning charity and being recognised as a Queen’s Young Leader

  • Why children of Doctors are 24x more likely to be Doctors than other children

  • What can be done to make the medical profession more accessible


In this episode we discuss:

  • Why the poorest families tend to stay poor

  • Whether education is the sole solution to inequality

  • The value of mentorship

  • How social codes and unwritten rules hold less privileged professionals back at work

  • The specific initiatives and programmes that help less privileged students/graduates break into Law

  • How to progress your career as a Corporate Lawyer


In this episode we discuss:

  • How working at car-boot sales set Shauna up for a successful career

  • How travelling helps build your cultural capital

  • If getting a First Class degree helps your career

  • The intersectionality of class and gender

  • Why socioeconomic background isn’t spoken about at work

  • What you need to do to progress your sales career and win a place at Presidents Club


In this episode we discuss:

  • Tolu’s experience growing up as a quadruplet

  • Getting into the University of Cambridge despite her Vice Principle not supporting her application

  • Why privileged Oxbridge graduates earn on average £5000 more than their less privileged peers

  • The skills you need to be a D&I Leader

  • Why socio-economic background isn’t focussed on at work from the perspective of a D&I professional

  • Why ethnically diverse professionals may have to unlearn parts of their upbringing to progress at work


In this episode we discuss:

  • The importance of extracurricular activities and why first generation students don’t participate in them

  • Why working class graduates from elite universities earn less than their privileged peers

  • The challenges of getting a graduate job and how to overcome them

  • What you can do to start and progress your career in Management Consulting


In this episode we discuss:

  • The importance of teachers recognising their students potential and helping them realise it

  • What it was like to meet and interview the youngest Nobel Peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai

  • The one thing you must do to convert your spring week or summer internship

  • What Inez did that helped her get promoted to Vice President one year early and ahead of her peers

  • How cultural nuances may advantage or disadvantage your career


In this episode we discuss:

  • How teachers in state schools can restrict students potential

  • How Tony’s socio-economic background was used against him at university

  • Why privately educated professionals are overrepresented across industries

  • The specific initiatives that help less privileged students/graduates break into it Advertising

  • How to successfully progress your career in Advertising


In this episode we discuss:

  • Rene’s experience growing up without a computer and how this affected her studies

  • The consequences of the push to online learning for social mobility

  • The specific initiatives that help less privileged students/graduates break into Financial Services

  • Why professionals from less privileged backgrounds take 25% longer to progress through pay grades in Financial Services than their privileged colleagues


In this episode we discuss:

  • Why young people should go to university even if they know they want to be entrepreneurs

  • The intersection of class and race

  • Wilfrid’s journey into entrepreneurship and how he raised $1.5M in less than 10 months

  • Why networking is one of the most important skills to develop

  • Why 43% of all VC seed-funding in the UK goes to teams with founders who attended elite universities


In this episode we discuss:

  • James’s background growing up in Warrington

  • Why James founded a mentoring programme specifically for working class students interested in international politics

  • How unpaid internships affect social mobility

  • Why 56% of domestic migrants to London are from privileged backgrounds and the consequences of this

  • The hidden programme that helped James break into foreign affairs


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