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Can social class hold back your career?

By Emma Jacobs

17 Nov 2021 · 4 min read

Sabah Zdanowska finds it hard to define class. "It's never something I have cared much about but it seems to be important to a lot of other people," she says.

As a product strategy consultant who runs her own business, she would call herself middle class, but what of her background? She was raised in the East End of London by her stay-at-home mother from Pakistan and went to state school. But her mother came from a middle-class family and went to university, as did Zdanowska.

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