1. It is difficult to get into the professional services.
REALITY: There are plenty of jobs, seeking transferable soft skills that you already have from your degree.
2. Professional services is only accountancy.
REALITY: The sector covers much more than accountancy, and the West Midlands is home to many headquarters of a diverse range of businesses. HSBC, National Grid and Deutsche Bank headquarters are all located here.
3. The sector is not diverse or inclusive.
REALITY: The sector is changing. RARE recruitment, blind recruitment processes and reverse mentoring schemes has increased diverse representation across many industries.
4. Lack of role-models just like me.
REALITY: Diversity networks within firms e.g. ‘BPFS Black Leaders Network’ and ‘Future Faces’ are helping make diversity a reality.