More rich, male bankers are on the way

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For the survey, 700 students at Oxford, Cambridge and London School of Economics nominated about 100 of their peers whom they regarded as most likely to succeed.

A total of 78% of those nominated were men - far higher than the proportion in the universities as a whole. Both men and women tended to nominate men in the survey, conducted by Fresh Minds, the recruitment firm.

More than 60% of those nominated went to private school - also a disproportionately high figure.

Tony Butler, head of the Oxford University careers service, said &quotThese figures tie in to the proportion of applications to, for example, banking and are of concern to the careers service and many employers.&quot

A total of 30% said they were interested in banking and finance as a career, the same level as consultancy. The media was next at 24% and then law at 18%.

Fresh Minds suggested that to redress the bias shown in the poll, women should make more effort to stand out in a crowd. It added that the success of private school pupils could be a result of greater self-confidence.

The poll showed that 76% of those nominated had represented their university at sport, 48% had held an elected position in their college or student union, and 40% were involved in drama or music.

A total of 37% were involved in journalism and 30% had done something entrepreneurial.

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