Eloise Skinner is an author and entrepreneur, working in the education and social impact sector. She is a former lawyer and a graduate of University of Cambridge. She is from East London and enjoys yoga and ballet. Here, she shares her story and passion for social mobility, diversity, and equality.

My story

I was born on a council estate in East London and went on to study law at the University of Cambridge. Following uni, I practised as a corporate lawyer, but – after some soul-searching, including a year of training in a monastic community – I followed my passion into other projects.

I always felt like my journey was incredibly lucky – so many of my friends were equally as ambitious and able. But they didn’t have the support or encouragement they needed to discover and access new opportunities. I now work to ensure that there is equality and diversity in the opportunities available to others.

As well as writing, tutoring and mentoring, I run two businesses focused on education, The Purpose Workshop and One Typical Day. And I’m an Enterprise Advisor for the Mayor of London’s careers programme, working with careers services in schools to develop educational strategy.

Empowering young people

A lot of young people have faced a lifetime of challenges which has left them feeling voiceless and powerless in the world.

Research demonstrates that social gaps start early and endure throughout life, hurdles in education lead to barriers to employment. And the pandemic has only exacerbated this.

The transition from education to employment has become increasingly difficult. And even when students do find their first careers, many end up in zero-hours contracts or gig economy work. Many young people also face significant challenges to their mental health and wellbeing. With pressures arising from social media, expectations of achievement, and economic challenges.

To reduce these barriers, more work needs to be done to equip students with effective, comprehensive careers advice and more opportunities for work experience. As well as more education and support on the topic of mental health and wellbeing.

The opportunity to author your own story

I was inspired to join the Career Ready Youth Board to help fix these challenges and because I believe that each young person should have the opportunity to the future they want.

It shouldn’t matter what your parents or grandparents did with their lives: whether or not they went to university, or what kind of career they had, or what level of income they earned. Instead, we should each have a fresh opportunity to become the author of our own life story.

This is what I hope we can help to achieve through the Youth Advisory Board.

Find out more about our Youth Advisory Board