Today’s hero: Gordon Chesterman, head of the careers service at Cambridge University. He recognizes that the lure of money thrown at graduates by large corporations’ recruiters is robbing the world of bright, concerned young people who could make a positive difference if they followed their hearts instead of taking the money-bait.
He told me his service tries to counter the influence of the richest employers. It sends out regular emails telling students “if you don’t want to become a banker, you’re not a failure”, and runs an event called “But I don’t want to work in the City”. It imposes a fee on rich recruiters and uses the money to pay the train fares of nonprofits. He expressed anger about being forced by the government to provide data on graduate starting salaries.
“I think it’s a very blunt and inappropriate means [of comparison], that rings alarm bells in my mind.”