Before finding this role, I hadn’t thought too much about doing an apprenticeship, as going to university seemed the ‘normal’ thing to do. I am really glad that I decided not to go to university, as I have achieved so much since leaving school. This includes learning invaluable office experience, where I am continuously building relationships with a range of clients, while also achieving various professional qualifications. By the time I finish studying, I will have a degree and will have been working at a global law firm for over 5 years. I see from others that it can be so hard to get into a job post-university, not knowing what you want to do and while having debt. An apprenticeship in law is great experience which you could transfer to any role, achieved while learning and earning.
It isn’t easy, but it is very rewarding and hard work pays off and is recognised. By starting an apprenticeship after leaving school, I didn’t find it hard to continue my studies, as it was and is all that I am used to. As an apprentice, you are entitled to one day off a week, which allows you to stay on top of your studies. It really is a great way to start your career in law and I would argue that it is better than going to university!