Last week, students from year 10 & 11 attended Reed Smith’s London office to take part in an aspiration day. The aim of the day was to learn more about the working world and to encourage students to consider their own job prospects.
The students who took part in the sessions all attend an alternative provision school due to having difficulties in attending mainstream school. The sessions were a fantastic opportunity to help these students to develop their social skills and to build positive relationships with others.
For many of the students we support, they have limited knowledge about job opportunities, and the different routes into employment. Reed Smith helped us to change this. The day began focusing on the variety of job roles available within a law firm, including those you may not initially think of. We were then lucky enough to hear from 4 volunteers from Reed Smith, each at different points within their career. It was a fantastic opportunity to hear about their past roles and how they have progressed to where they are now. The students particularly enjoyed guessing their previous roles after a few clues!
After enjoying lunch, the students were given the chance to explore the office and take in the working environment. The panoramic views were extremely popular, and lots of selfies were taken! The day was concluded by reflecting on the learnings and the students considering their own future prospects.
One student in attendance commented that they’d learnt ‘that you don’t have to know what you want to do just yet, [and they enjoyed] learning about different jobs’
Reed Smith’s Responsible Business Manager, Carole Mehigan, who hosted and delivered all the sessions, also had a great day, commenting: “It was wonderful to have the students attending this aspiration day. They were very engaged throughout the whole day and provided some lovely feedback at the end!”.
School-Home Support would like to say a massive thank you to Carole and everyone at Reed Smith for hosting a fantastic day to remember!