The concept of social mobility revolves around individuals' ability to ascend the socioeconomic ladder. It assesses the feasibility of a child from a low-income or academically disadvantaged family climbing to a higher social class than their parents.

This topic holds a prominent position on the global agenda, with some countries more successful in fostering social mobility than others.

According to an OECD report, nations like South Korea, Russia, and Finland have effectively implemented strategies to enhance social mobility.

Conversely, the United Kingdom faces a significant deficit in this regard, presenting a grave issue, particularly for an entire generation of young people.

In this essay, we will delve into the challenges faced by the lower and middle-class populations in the UK as they attempt to ascend the social ladder and explore potential solutions to address this pressing problem.

An example of a young woman who has made strides in social mobility, but still grapples with reaching middle-class financial stability, is Poppy Noor.

Poppy Noor is one of the thousand individuals from a free school meal background who gained admission to Cambridge.

While one might assume she has already ascended to the middle class, it is evident from the article that Poppy Noor still faces numerous obstacles on her journey.

These obstacles range from a lack of financial support to difficulties in navigating the unspoken social norms, such as wearing the right shoes.

Although both types of hindrances are exceptionally challenging to overcome, the article underscores the humiliating nature of financial constraints, forcing her to rely on friends for support, despite being in her late twenties.

Moreover, the prevalence of unpaid internships exacerbates inequality, as access to these opportunities requires someone to cover accommodation and food expenses, particularly in one of the world's most expensive cities, London, making them all the more elusive.6