Careers in Practice

Prospects and Shaw Trust Careers in Practice events provide young people with unique opportunities to gain a direct insight into the multitude of careers in the City of London. These courses inform, motivate and raise aspirations for those considering careers in sectors which are traditionally difficult to enter.

With more than 20 years’ experience of working with young people to help them reach their potential and find fulfilling careers, Prospects together with Shaw Trust also has close links with major institutions and employers in the City with past visits including Bank of England, PwC, Royal Courts of Justice, Eversheds and Lloyds of London.

Prospects and Shaw Trust Careers in Practice events are two day interactive programmes, introducing young people in school years 11-13 to the fantastic career opportunities in the City within finance, accountancy, business, and economics and the legal profession, in prestigious employers and institutions.

The two day programme, delivered by qualified practitioners in their fields, professional bodies and recent graduates, provides students with the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge about careers and get practical experience through a series of structured activities.  Over the two days, students will get:

  • a valuable and varied experience.
  • access to leading organisations.
  • first hand, accurate and up to date careers and labour market information to improve vocational knowledge.
  • presentations from professionals in their workplace.
  • specialist and practical careers advice covering personal statements, CV preparation and interview techniques.
  • build up a network with other like-minded students.


February 2020
Where: City of London/Central London

Legal Profession Careers in Practice
When:  Tuesday 18 February to Wednesday 19 February 2020


Finance and Economics Careers in Practice
When:  Thursday 20 February to Friday 21 February 2020


April 2020
Where: City of London/Central London

Finance and Economics Careers in Practice
When:  Monday 6 April to Tuesday 7 April 2020


Legal Profession Careers in Practice
When:  Wednesday 8 April to Thursday 9 April 2020

Start time: 9.00am
Finish time: 4.30-5.00pm

Cost: £225.00 (including VAT) with lunch included each day


Book your February Careers in Practice place now (Bookings for April will open at the end of February)


18-19 February 2020  

20-21 February 2020

If you have any questions about Prospects and Shaw Trust Careers in Practice events, please contact Lesley Margiotta on 020 8315 1013, or email


Prospects and Shaw Trust City Careers Scholarships now available

Many of the professions included in the Prospects and Shaw Trust Careers in Practice programmes are working to overcome a lack of diversity and social mobility in their fields. The scholarship has been created to ensure that young people from all backgrounds have an opportunity to find out more about City based careers that they may not have previously considered.

There are limited places for fully paid scholarships for young people who would benefit from the opportunities provided by Careers in Practice.

Prospects and Shaw Trust City Careers Scholarship criteria:

Students applying for the scholarship must attend state school, college or academy, in addition to meeting at least one of the following criteria:

  • live in one of the 100 most deprived wards in London and the South East
  • eligible for free school meals
  • are a Looked After Child or Care Leaver
  • belong to a cultural or racial group under-represented in the City

Students need to send an email to stating in not more than 250 words why they feel they would benefit from a place on the Careers in Practice event, stating preferred event and dates, and how they fulfil the criteria specified.


What previous Prospects and Shaw Trust City careers events students say:

“I have gained a further insight of the working life in London and this has allowed me to create a more informed decision as to what I would like to do in the future.”

“I think the experience has helped me a lot, it is a good experience to learn and hear about working in the finance sector from people who do work there.”

“I believe that this was an amazing opportunity for me to learn about my future career path and has certainly helped me make up my mind.”

“It has broadened my view on potential careers whilst improving personal skills that are very valuable.”

“I enjoyed the city summer school and learnt a lot of new skills.”

“We were shown many different pathways that there are in the industry which was great! It allowed me to further understand and think about what I want to do.”

“Before I attended this course, my only option was to apply for an apprenticeship but now my opinions have expanded to possibly going to university and study in the city.”

“Had a really good experience especially the visit to Lloyds of London.”

“It was fun and insightful.”

“I had a very entertaining experience and learned many things. Thanks.”

“I believe the City Summer School was great in showing me how I can direct my route to law without following the traditional route. The staff were really helpful and were able to answer questions to develop my knowledge.”

“The talks by employers and tours of iconic buildings were good as well as the interactive activities.”

“I think the course was extremely helpful and gave me a wonderful insight into the world of finance.  I was also able to think about other job opportunities other than the ones I have already considered, such as a financial planner or advisor.”

“The visits to Lloyd’s of London was very helpful for seeing what the working atmosphere was like and gave a good insight into the insurance industry.”

“It was very informative and helped me make new decisions for the future.”

“It was an eye opening experience, clearing up many misconceptions and answering my queries. The experience is much greater than ‘word of mouth’ teaching. The mock trial was really good as it is something I can put on my personal statement.”

“Very valuable experience into the law profession.”

“Very useful in terms of determining my future career.”

“I believe it was very useful and showed me what the legal profession is like in the real world and how big an industry it is in London.”