When I discovered legal apprenticeships, it was a no-brainer to apply for them. After completing work experience in different companies and taking a gap year, I realised I loved working and I wanted to do something different, instead of full-time study. Being able to learn from experienced lawyers, doing direct client work and combining this with studying aligned with my values the most, and I knew it was something I would enjoy. The fact that I could build my experience from age 19 and learn from professionals already in the industry was something I was really interested in.
No day is the same in the Corporate team and some days can be busier than others, which I really love, as it allows me to get more exposure to different work. I have done direct work for clients with urgent deadlines which I particularly enjoyed. Additionally, I am in several resource groups and on part of my office’s social committee. I am also extremely passionate about social mobility and diversity initiatives, especially as I am a Muslim from a minority ethnic background – so I look forward to doing more in the firm surrounding these initiatives. As an apprentice, there is always lots to get involved with and take part in.
The firm stood out to me for many reasons: its work on diversity, equity and inclusion, its focus on junior success, and, primarily, that it was open to apprenticeships as an alternative route to qualification. During the recruitment process, especially, everyone I met or was interviewed by was so friendly, welcoming and interested in more than just academics. It felt like a firm I could be myself in and really progress in. Since I have joined, the support I have received from both my team and the Emerging Talent team has been consistent, and the firm really does invest in junior success and progression. It really is a great place to work.
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