I have recently started an apprenticeship with QualitySolicitors Knight Polson through Eastleigh College where I am studying Business Administration.
Prior to this I worked as a coach for Chelsea Football Club coaching budding footballers aged between 5 and 18 year olds. I still enjoy football and play regularly but felt that I needed to explore a more stable financial career path. When I left college I chose not to go to University and, instead, decided to embark on this apprenticeship to gain “on the job” skills. I thought this would be the first step on a career ladder, enabling me to hopefully progress through the ranks and to gain exposure to an office environment.
As an admin apprentice I work in each department of the firm gaining experience in the different practice areas. This means that no two days are the same. As well as the everyday tasks, I am on hand to help out when required with bundles, filing, scanning documents and other administrative tasks.
Another bonus of becoming an apprentice within a law firm is the people I work alongside. In some workplaces, I have found that staff are busy and do not find time to communicate with one another. Here at Knight Polson it is very different. Although the staff are always very busy they are happy to have a chat and build good relationships with each other. This is also the case if a client or colleague needs help or advice. I am confident asking for advice and know that I will receive the support I need.
After only working at this firm for a month I have already learnt a great deal and developed my interpersonal skills. I hope that I will continue to develop and train to give myself the best start to my career. My overall aim is to become a Legal Executive specialising in the civil department as I find this work interesting and varied.
The firm has another apprentice and is keen for us both to progress; giving us a valuable insight into the legal world.