TOP London law firms have headed to Havering College to inspire the next generation of legal eagles.
Nine employers – including elite "magic circle" firms such as Clifford Chance, Eversheds, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Weil Gotshal & Manges - supported a legal employer enrichment activity day for students on the ILEX Legal Secretaries course.
The recruiters ran a series of realistic exercises for Level 2 and Level 3 students covering CVs, interviews and job roles.
The event was held in The Space at the Ardleigh Green Campus.
There were also presentations from former students now enjoying exciting, well paid careers in the London offices of international law giants.
Kearney Mott, 21, who landed a job with Herbert Smith Freehills in the City, told the student audience: "This time last year I was sitting in this hall. This is something I would never have imagined back them. As a result of studying at Havering College, I now work as an admin assistant for a fantastic law firm with growing opportunities to become a junior PA and hopefully gain the potential to later on become a legal PA."
Another ILEX enrichment day returner was 21-year-old Kerry Whittaker from Hornchurch
Kerry, who gained a Level 3 Business Administration qualification at Havering College, is now working at Laytons Solicitors near London Bridge.
Kerry said: "I started as an office junior two months after I finished college, I then progressed onto reception on maternity cover and I am now in marketing studying marketing courses."
Also attending with her managers was Jenna Herbert, a junior legal secretary at Weil Gotshal & Manges.
Jenna, 21, from Hornchurch, who completed the ILEX Legal Secretaries course in 2012, said: "I have moved around various departments including banking, litigation, private funds and tax. I currently work for six associates and really enjoy my job."
There was praise for the college from employers.
Eversheds office manager Kerry Hanning – whose company has provided work experience for more than 50 Havering College students - said: "We are continually impressed with the calibre of students we have had from Havering College. It's a tough act to follow but I am sure the current students will live up to the high standard we have come to expect from this highly reputable college."
Lorraine Williams, finance team supervisor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer – an international law firm with 27 offices in 15 countries – took the opportunity to announce details of the company's trainee PA scheme and invited students to apply.
Havering College vice principal Asfa Sohail said: "It was a great pleasure to meet these employers and see some of our learners now working for those employers.
"It is one thing to achieve qualifications but what happens to students afterwards is what matters. We have events such as the legal employer enrichment day for our students so that they can get to the next stage which is employment."