A Day in the Life of a Legal Apprenticeship at Clyde & Co
Posted: 21st of February 2019 by Parisha Mistry
Callum Edge, Chartered Legal Executive Apprentice at Clyde & Co.
What attracted you to do an apprenticeship?
Growing up university always seemed the place where only the proper intellectuals went, however recently it seems that every Tom, Dick & Harry is going to university because it is the "expected" and "normal" thing to do. University felt like the forced option. Doing an apprenticeship means that you are on the job ready, everyday provides a new problem which you have to solve. Also within the time I could have gained a degree I would have had 3 years office experience. One of the biggest incentives is obviously being paid while learning however it is rewarding knowing that the work you do while on the programme is assisting the team you work in and that you are actually contributing rather than just learning at a text book. University is no longer the only option when looking for a career.
What do you do on a day to day basis?
Every day is different, the only thing that remains the same is the time I enter the office and roughly the time I leave. The day usually starts upon catching up on emails. From there I would usually create a task list for the day on what I would like to get complete, this however usually goes out the window as something urgent will land on my desk. Day to day is all about being flexible and learning to be willing to drop something you are in the middle of. Prioritising is a skill in which you can expect to pick up quickly. A standard day to day without interruptions usually involves organising and collating documents, preparing documents for counsel or experts & anything else needed to progress the files.
What have you enjoyed most so far about the programme?
Being part of a team. Also being shown that hard work pays off.
What advice would you give people thinking of applying for an apprenticeship?
I would say to be prepared to work hard, juggling work and study is not easy. You will have to deal with the fact all your friends are out partying at university while you are sat at home because you’ve had a long day and have work in the morning. If you were to get the apprenticeship take the advice given to you, ignoring this will only make it harder in the long run. If you quit when things get difficult do not apply, an apprenticeship is difficult you have deadlines and exams to hit and have to juggle a day to day workload. You will experience bad days however this is the case in any job and it will help you feel more responsible and is character building.
I would also say be attentive, attend open days/interviews with an open mind and ask plenty of questions not only will this make you look good to the firm it will also give you the information to decide if this is the route for you.
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