YouConnect is very pleased to announce its partnership with STEP UP

You Connect is very pleased to announce its partnership with STEP UP
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STEP UP is an organization that offers inclusive (paid) internships for law students from diverse backgrounds and with varied skills. These internships are offered at well-known companies in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, or the UK.

In this everchanging legal ecosystem, we strongly believe that it is our collective responsibility to mentor and guide this young and diverse generation of law students, leveraging our knowledge and experience to nurture a new wave of talent.

This talent is cultivated not only through academic education but also by providing practical experiences via internships, study exchanges abroad, exposure to different cultures & languages, pushing them out of their comfort zones, inspiring them with role models, emphasizing the development of social skills, and exposing them to technological advancements.

Through our interactions with law students (both graduates and non-graduates), we at YouConnect noticed a significant gap between academia and the business community. It is important to introduce these students to the corporate world early on so that they can gain firsthand insight into the realities of legal careers.

Organizations like Step Up are invaluable initiatives as they offer law students the opportunity to experience the daily life of an in-house legal counsel, establish new professional networks, gain exposure in an international setting, and engage with the evolving legal and environmental challenges we face. Several internationally renowned companies, including FedEx, Toyota, and SD Worx, open their doors to these students, making this an exceptional opportunity.

At YouConnect, we are thrilled to participate in this program by supporting students who may not be selected for further internships or job opportunities. We aim to provide them with a comprehensive understanding of the legal job market, assist in their search for internships or jobs, help them prepare for initial job interviews, and enhance their CVs.

Together, we share a common goal of improving access and providing equal opportunities for these law students.

Authored by Paulien Stuer - 12 Jun 2023

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