Raising Aspirations Session- Clifford Chance Law Firm

Monday 29th February 2016

 

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In partnership with School Home Support, I took a group of year 5/6 children and their parents/carers on a visit to Clifford Chance who are a Law Firm based in Canary Wharf.

 

We were all impressed with the height of the building and the children keen to visit the top floor. We were met by Jo the community outreach leader who took us to an impressive meeting room where complimentary drinks and biscuits were served. We were then given a tour of the building which included the swimming pool, gym, fitness rooms, restaurant, hairdressers and even their own dry cleaning service. For those who were brave enough we took the lift to the 30th floor where we could see spectacular views over Canary Wharf and the surrounding area.

 

Next the group met with some employees: Leonie a trainee solicitor, Cavine a receptionist, Megan a marketing co-ordinator and Andrew the audio visual team leader. We split into various groups and the children and parents were able to ask lots of interesting questions. These included why they had chosen their current roles, how they got there, what they had studied and a day in the life of a Clifford Chance employee.

 

Some quotes from our children included: “What did you do in school to get here? Do you enjoy working here? Can you use the swimming pool when you like? How much do you earn? Have you been to other countries with your work?”

 

Our parents commented: “This type of office makes you want to be ambitious. Look at the lifestyle you can have working here. There are many jobs you can do in an organisation like this, now I stand a chance. You don’t have to go to university to get a job here. Andrew worked his way up and is now a team leader. He earns really good money too.”

 

We were all given an insight into a corporate working environment and how working hard at school can raise employment aspirations.

 

The session was rounded off with a lovely lunch which we all thoroughly enjoyed. The children were also given a Clifford Chance pen and notepad to take away. As we left Jo commented “Your group are so lovely, well-mannered, well behaved and one of the best ever.”

 

Lee Franklin

Parent Support Adviser