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Allen & Overy launches Smart Start International in Hong Kong


In June 2018, students from Hong Kong’s Islamic Kasim Tuet Memorial College and Caritas Tuen Mun Marden Foundation Secondary School spent two days attending a training programme run by volunteers from A&O and J.P. Morgan to help improve their business and soft skills.

The programme included learning about preparing a CV, handling a job interview, persuasive writing, negotiation skills and effective networking. Much like Smart Start in London, India and South Africa, the Hong Kong programme was aimed at providing necessary career building skills to students from under-represented backgrounds.

In addition, the students were given presentation skills training, and at the end of the second day put this to the test when they were asked to present to a local NGO, HandsOn Hong Kong, on how young people can use their time and skills to volunteer in the community. HandsOn Hong Kong will be implementing the most impactful idea from the students in their own organisation, as well as sharing the idea with other NGOs.

This is what the students had to say:

“I thought the future would be hard, but after attending this programme I realised it will be much easier”

“I thought that going for an interview was going for an interrogation but it’s actually just a conversation. I had the best experience”

Access to education and employment is one of Allen & Overy’s core themes for our pro bono and community investment activities, since we believe businesses have an important role to play in helping young people reach their full potential by overcoming barriers created by society and personal circumstances.

For more information on our partner charities and our pro bono and community investment initiatives in Hong Kong, please contact our Head of Pro Bono and Community Investment, Catherine Husted.




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