It's finally here! Allen & Overy The Smart Start Experience 2018

It's finally here! Allen & Overy The Smart Start Experience 2018

Thursday, 26th of October

It's finally here! Allen & Overy The Smart Start Experience 2018

Applications are now open! 

This amazing work experience programme prepares determined and ambitious year 12s with the vital skills and knowledge needed to jumpstart a career in one of the most challenging industries.
Are you ambitious?
Are you ready for a challenge?
Are you ready to get involved?
Then the Smart Start Experience
 is for you!

The experience includes:

  • An invite to a Skills & Assessment day near you, if selected on this day you can go on to…

  • 1 week’s work experience at Allen & Overy offices in London, with up to 60 students from different schools.

  • 1 year of mentoring from an employee at Allen & Overy through year 13.

  • The chance to apply for a bursary to help with university expenses.

This is what the graduates from the 2017 Smart Start Experience programme said about their experience.

How did the Smart Start Experience help develop your knowledge and skills?

Anisa, last name? a 2017 graduate, said:

“It developed my confidence and networking skills, something that secondary schools avoid teaching you how to do, it was a great experience!”

The programme lets you showcase yourself, with confidence develop knowledge on the structure of corporate law firms and other business’ in the city and improves teamwork skills and time management. Employers love all of these skills and love it even more, when you can back it up with real-world experience!

What was the best thing you learned during The Smart Start Experience?

“Smart Start taught me the many different branches and sectors within law. It gave me an insight into just how wide the job sector can be, from Business Services, Marketing, BD and Communications”.

Through working with Allen & Overy, one of the world’s top law firms, you automatically gain knowledge from leading experts in the industry.

The Smart Start Experience gives you the head start that you need. The programme helps you learn how to manage your workload, meet new people and how to thrive in a professional environment.

The highlight of the week for Hafsa was having the opportunity to meet “like-minded people with similar goals and ambitions”. Experiences like these provide grads with the drive to work harder. Not only did Smart Start help Hafsa’s work profile it also encouraged Hafsa to “excel and become the best version of myself”.
Other highlights for grads included co-operation tasks, working in teams, making new friendships, developing confidence and communication skills.

Finally, according to Asha, one of the 2017 grads, Smart Start teaches you that it does not matter “where you are from or your circumstances you can still get where you want”.

Would you recommend Smart Start? Why?

“Yes” was the resounding answer! “Unforgettable”, “intellectually stimulating” and “beneficial” are just some of the words and phrases we heard from students when discussing whether they would recommend the programme.

This is what Asha, a 2017 graduate, said “I went into Smart Start being adamant about pursuing a career in medicine but through Smart Start I was able to explore different career pathways”.

Interested? Simply click here and get started!. GO!



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