Welcome to the GCSE and A‑Level area of our Skills London hub. Here, we share content that helps with the decisions you’ll be making next, as well as top tips for interviews, the world of work and further education or university.
Established in 1951, Fragomen is a leading global immigration law firm representing a broad range of companies, organisations, and individuals.
With over 50 offices worldwide, including London and Sheffield, it provides essential immigration legal support in over 170 countries. The firm employs more than 4,400 professionals and support staff who are respected thought leaders throughout the industry, as recognised by Chambers, Best Lawyers and Who’s Who.
Immigration law covers an extensive range of matters, and Fragomen’s services go beyond processing visa and work permit applications. It provides important consultative services and support to meet a full spectrum of business immigration needs, including government strategies and compliance, planning for mergers and acquisitions, and consular and document support.
For those interested in pursuing a career in this area, there are plenty of roles to explore, including Business Immigration Analysts, Professionals, and Attorneys. Its client-facing positions are also supported by an exceptional team of professionals in corporate areas such as marketing, IT, HR, Finance, and more.
Fragomen has a solid commitment to fostering a diverse workplace. Year after year, the firm is recognised for this by The American Lawyer, Law360 and the National Law Journal.
It understands the importance of having an employee population that is as diverse as its clients. This enables it to provide the best legal guidance and drive a vibrant, compassionate, and dynamic workplace that supports its teams in becoming better problem solvers.
The firm has a long history of promoting women and ethnic minorities to prominent positions within its leadership structure. Over 65% of its employees worldwide are women, and more than 40% of its US employees are minorities – statistics which are unusual for law firms.
In 2020, Fragomen held its first immigration law school to help students who had struggled to secure summer work experience or were disappointed with their A‑Level results. The feedback was so encouraging that it’s decided to bring it back in autumn 2021.
The school is for A‑Level, Highers (or equivalent) and university students interested in law careers or the politics of immigration.
You don’t need to be planning to study law at this stage, and the school aims to provide valuable insights into other careers as well, such as government and journalism.
It will take place online over five consecutive Tuesday evenings from 12 October to 9 November 2021, and participants can expect to hear about pursuing a career in law (particularly immigration law), the business side, politics of immigration, human rights, the economy and Brexit, and seeking a job. There will be speakers from Parliament, government, the press, charities, and academia.
If you’re considering pursuing a career in immigration law, or law in general, it can be helpful to hear from others who have already taken this path.
My Fragomen Story is a collection of video interviews with employees from across the business. These interviews explain the paths that led them to join Fragomen, along with what they enjoy the most about their current roles.
Mind has a wealth of resources available for young people, from information on wellbeing through to understanding a mental health diagnosis. There are also tips on how to boost confidence and self-esteem, as well as on how to support a friend who is struggling with how they are feeling.
The National Careers Service skills assessment is a good place to start in helping students think about the type of work they might want to do in the future. Their assessment takes five-10 mins to complete online.
We’ve got some great career tips from Google employees, thanks to the short videos they made in partnership with Camden Council.
How do you decide what to do?
From the importance of discovering what you don’t like doing, to learning about different jobs’ responsibilities from your friends and older relatives, this video showcases some helpful tips from Google employees on exploring the options to find roles that suit you.
Yes, even Google employees have faced some tough interviews! In this video, you can hear the Google team share their experiences of difficult (and funny) interviews and the importance of being yourself, asking questions, and letting your inner confidence shine through.
Wondering what to expect from your career journey? According to these Google employees, you should expect the unexpected. In this video, the team shares the career journeys that have led them to their roles today. Key insights are to make yourself visible, be adaptable to change, and keep your options open.
From having more fun, to asking more questions, the Google team talks about the advice they’d give to their younger selves in this video. They discuss the importance of not comparing yourself to friends, not having everything planned out and searching for a role that fulfills you.
What do you wish you’d known when you started out?
In this video, the team at Google talk about the key values that have helped them build the careers they love. They talk about how helpful it is to get to know your colleagues, to not be afraid to ask for advice, and to be open to different routes to getting the skills you need.