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Lawyer inspires children to challenge stereotypes

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A LOCAL lawyer  visited St Wilfrid’s CofE Primary School to inspire the children by explaining how she worked towards her dream of becoming a lawyer.

Carla Murray from Grappenhall, was questioned intellectually by the children, discussing her sector specialisms and challenging stereotypes within the workplace.

As a partner at Altrincham law firm Myerson, Carla was excited to be part of the school’s Aspirational Week.

Carla commented: “Aspirations Week is a great way of introducing children to a diverse range of jobs, professions and sectors and I was thrilled to be invited to talk to the year 5 children.

The children asked challenging and impressive questions surrounding key areas of the workplace such as: How I manage a work life balance? Have I had to overcome workplace stereotypes to get where I am? Do I enjoy my job and what I do? And What are my aspirations for my daughters? I was very impressed with their enthusiasm, how engaged they were and their knowledge of tech.

“Myerson have one of the Manchester worker bees outside our offices in Altrincham, which was fun to include throughout the session to demonstrate hard work and how a working environment can also be fun as well as educational, which the children thoroughly enjoyed.”

St Wilfrid’s PHSE lead, who organized the event said: “Our children have been truly inspired by all of our visitors, who talked to them with passion and enthusiasm about their chosen professions. It has given all of our pupils an insight into the characteristics they will need in order to achieve their dreams and overcome any obstacles they may encounter. We hope that it wasn’t too nerve wracking for our visitors and that the positive messages they gave to the children will stay with them for a very long time.’

St Wilfrid’s were also joined by numerous volunteers throughout the week including a Pilot, Cabin Crew, Psychologist, Police Officer, Superintendent, Vet Doctor, Nurse, Sailor, Farmer, Building Surveyor, Chemical Engineer, Home Manager, Structural Engineer, Firefighter and Warrington Wolves among others. Carla said; “the children have received a huge variety sectors and services which hopefully have inspired them to achieve their goals and most importantly enjoy what they do”.

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