Numerous corporations have made pledges and announced initiatives aimed toward marginalized voices and underserved communities. Many of these commitments have been targeted at providing opportunities to the next generation and shaping them to enter the professional arena. A recent survey from Chase found that 59% of black, recent college graduates said free online learning tools would be extremely helpful in response to COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus. This week, JPMorgan Chase announced it will be premiering a new virtual series aimed to help Black college graduates enter the workforce.
The Advancing Black Pathways Career Readiness Series is a six-part series that will be covering various topics centered around career development and transitioning into the workforce for recent graduates through LinkedIn Live through the JPMorgan Chase channel. The series is a follow-up to last month’s virtual commencement ceremony: “Show Me Your Walk HBCU Edition,” which the firm hosted to celebrate the graduations of nearly 30,000 students.
“We’re committed to equipping the next generation of black talent with the tools and insights they’ll need to build lasting and rewarding careers both as entrepreneurs and in corporate America,” said Brian Lamb, the firm’s global head of Diversity & Inclusion who is also a guest on the series’ first episode, in a press statement. “In addition, we’re being intentional about increasing access to well-paying careers, and intend to grow our network of Black talent through the Advancing Black Pathways Career Readiness Series.”
“Entering the professional world after college can be a daunting experience, and we’re focused on helping the HBCU Class of 2020 bolster their career readiness as they enter the workforce,” said Sekou Kaalund, the head of Advancing Black Pathways (ABP).“We’re also in the midst of one of the most difficult job markets on record, so we want to raise awareness of potential opportunities at JPMorgan Chase.”