What led you to enrol on an apprenticeship?
The main reason I chose to enrol in an apprenticeship was because I believed that an apprenticeship was the best way to gain experience while learning about the legal environment. I had prior experience with countless people who went for potential job vacancies and one of the main reasons they did not get the job was due to a lack of experience.
Apprenticeships allow for students to learn more about their chosen trade and what it is like working in a professional environment. In terms of potential future job applications, the experience gained during an apprenticeship will be invaluable, as you will be more attractive to the potential employer, as you will increase your knowledge of working within a professional environment.
What does your role as an apprentice entail?
My main roles as an apprentice is to supply various administrative duties to my colleagues. This includes opening and closing files and answering clients’ calls and assisting them with their queries. I am also in charge of scanning all incoming correspondence onto our case management system, which is extremely vital to caseworkers as they can ensure that the file is up to date and can be informed of any dates that they have to comply with. Furthermore, I assist my colleagues with collating bundles of documents that will go to various groups such as the courts, defendants and barristers.
What have you enjoyed most about your apprenticeship?
The main thing I have enjoyed while working as an apprentice is the work environment. All of my colleagues were very welcoming and consistently taught me new skills. My colleagues have great confidence and trust in me, and this allows me to maximise my potential in the workplace. My colleagues will always offer a helping hand when needed and this assists me in furthering my learning and allows me to evolve further in my role.
What has been a personal highlight of your apprenticeship?
A personal highlight for me was being offered an extension to my current apprenticeship. As my current firm never had an apprentice before, they were a little bit uncertain and therefore only offered me a six month placement to finish my current course. At the end of the six months, the company offered to extend my current employment and offered me a full contract. This was very humbling, and it showed I had made a big impression on my fellow colleagues.
Have you got any advice for school leavers looking for the right career path?
The main advice that I would give to school leavers is to have a concrete idea on what career you would like to pursue and what you would like to achieve in the future. If you have something you can aim for, you will be more driven to achieve that goal. Having an uncertain goal may cause you to become disheartened and you will possibly end up doing something you don’t like doing. Furthermore, don’t be afraid if potential exams do not go the way you want. You may feel like it’s the end of the world, but in reality, you still have other routes you can go down to achieve want you want.