YOUNG legal eagles whose law careers got off to a flying start after studying at Havering College have made a return visit.
Seven students, who completed the Legal Secretaries Level 3 Certificate at the college in Hornchurch, Greater London, headed 'home' with their employers to inspire the next generation studying to follow in their footsteps.
Eleven employers – including elite "magic circle" firms such as Clifford Chance, Eversheds, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters – supported a Legal Employer Enrichment Activity Day.
The recruiters gave talks and ran a series of realistic exercises for Level 2 and Level 3 Legal Secretarial students covering CVs, interviews and job roles.
There were also presentations from former students now enjoying exciting, well paid careers in the London offices of international law giants.
Shaunie Botterell, 20, from Dagenham, who landed a job as a trainee legal secretary with Eversheds in the City, said: "I work for six fee earners ranging from newly qualified to senior associate. I love my job and I love how varied the tasks are – every day is different.
"I got my job through work experience arranged through the college. My ambition is to become a senior legal secretary."
Her colleague at the same company, Jessie Court, 19, from Romford, said: "As a trainee legal secretary I plan to complete my training with Eversheds and hopefully work for a partner of the firm."
Romford resident Jodie Watson, 19, a trainee legal secretary at Linklaters, said: "Havering College has strong connections with top law firms which benefitted me when starting my career. My duties are varied and this keeps my role interesting."
Eversheds LLP office manager Kerry Hanning said: "The college's Legal Employer Enrichment Activity Day enables students on the course to hear success stories from ex-Havering students and to learn about the essential criteria and expectations of employers when recruiting.
"Havering College has been very helpful in helping our company to recruit. We have a great pool of resource directly from Havering."
Other employers, recruitment agencies and professional organisations supporting the event included: Bird & Bird; Herbert Smith Freehills; Laytons Solicitors; Moss & Coleman; Shearman & Sterling; Watson Farley & Williams; Weil Gotshal & Manges; Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) regional development officer Jennifer Egginton and Rob Bull from the London-based employment consultancy Law Support.
Havering College principal Maria Thompson said: "This event is an excellent example of our collaboration and partnerships with employers and I would like to thank the employers who put such lot of time and effort into the day for our students."