By Afiya Amesu Employability Academy Curricula & Co Academy
Budding lawyer Afiya Amesu is doing just that...having just finished her A Levels, she has taken the opportunity to try out her dream by doing some work experience with commercial and private client law firm MLP Law LLP which has offices in Altrincham, Media City and Liverpool.
Learning on the job, she has gotten a taste of real working life, as well as gaining valuable skills and knowledge that will propel her forward with an advantage.
How would you describe your experience at MLP?
My work experience at MLP Law helped to confirm my career aspirations. By working in various departments such as corporate and commercial, litigation, employment, wills and property, I was able to discover what areas of law may interest me in the future. Working 9-5 everyday gave me a feel of the rigidity of the working week and the importance of time management.
In addition, I believe I learned a lot about how work life can be interesting, fast-paced and challenging, but also stressful and tiring , and how often you just have to keep going.
Moreover, my week at MLP has given me some useful admin skills that I know will help in future, whether that is in part time or full time work.
I have learned that every role played by individuals is significant to the functioning of a company and all efforts contribute to a greater goal. I thoroughly enjoyed my work experience, and have learned a lot from the MLP staff.
Why do you think young people should embrace opportunities to ‘put on their future shoes’?
In our seven years of secondary school and college, we ought to be equipped with the tools that help us in the world of work.
However, as essential as English and Maths may be, our school education often doesn’t give us the necessary life skills to survive in the ‘real world’. As a result, employers find school leavers and graduates lacking social skills, administration skills and business acumen.
I believe it is important that young people embrace ‘putting on future shoes’ in order to understand the working environment and the daily realities of a workday. Opportunities such as these not only give insight into various careers, but they demonstrate maturity and experience to future employers.
This feature appears in the 2016-17 issue of Sharing Success Magazine. To see the full version of the article, subscribe for your paper or digital copy.