Fiona Kellow has worked at Thring’s Solicitors since 1997, she is a partner at the firm as well as a Family Lawyer and Head of the private client department. Whilst she is very busy professionally she still finds the time to support the Swindon and Wiltshire Enterprise Advisor Network (SWEAN) as an Enterprise Advisor (EA) and is matched with St Johns School in Marlborough. The SWEAN is a project funded by the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Careers and Enterprise Company. And supported by three full-time Enterprise Co-ordinators (ECs).
We spoke to Fiona and asked her where her journey began in supporting St John’s?
I have worked with the Deputy Head and Careers Advisors at St John’s for many years now, I have done various activities with them such as presenting to Year 10 students about careers in law, helped at mock interviews, assisted Year 9’s in their ‘real game’ challenge. Most recently I have mentored three students which was a really rewarding process, to see the change they made in such a short time. At Thring’s we also host work experience for lots of students across all of our offices.
How long have you formally been an EA and why did you feel you wanted to get involved?
I have been an EA for just over a year now, I have good business links in the community and therefore wanted to make the most of these by helping the School in any way I could. I am passionate about the School and wanted to support the careers advisor, they are good students so I wanted to do what I could to support them. I feel like I am just getting going, there is much more we can do. I also enjoy the social aspect of the events held by Enterprise Co-ordinators Nicola and Steven, hearing from other EA’s.
Lastly, what would your advice be to young people who are entering the world of work?
If there is any opportunity for mentoring or coaching take it up, learning from other’s experiences can be far greater than reading advice out of a book. And don’t be afraid to make mistakes just make sure you take away learning from the situation for the future.