When I passed my A-levels in 2019 I didn’t have a clue as to what would be my next step. Many friends and relatives felt the same, while others had jobs in mind or were on their way to start university. For myself the months that came after finishing school flew by, by mid-October, however, the part time job I had was starting to wear thin as each shift felt exactly like the last, I wasn’t learning anything new and despite working I felt like I knew very little about the working world. It was then that one day I decided to reform my CV and by the next day I had received a call telling me about a marketing apprenticeship opportunity that had been created at Thomson Snell & Passmore.
I didn’t know much about how an apprenticeship worked, I wasn’t even aware that you could get apprenticeships in the legal sector.
I have since learned that apprenticeships can be a route into a successful career and are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England. An apprenticeship is a real job, where you can gain important experience and training all whilst earning a wage, and working towards a nationally recognised qualification.
There are a wide range of apprenticeships available, equating to different levels of education, from GCSEs to degree equivalents. All apprenticeships include elements of on and off the job training, with around 20% (or a day a week) spent on off the job learning and development.
I made the decision to go for it, I thought it would be an interesting and helpful introduction to work whilst still learning at the same time. At that time I didn’t really know what to expect and felt quite nervous about it all.
I’ve been working at Thomson Snell & Passmore for over a year now and I couldn’t have made a better decision. I’ve learnt so much about marketing, including administration, event management, digital marketing and PR and have gained many new skills, that I put to use every day with the range of different tasks that I am tasked to complete.
With the pandemic things did become harder, working from home and no longer being within the office environment with my colleagues sometimes makes it difficult. Despite this, with my team supporting me and each other it has helped it feel more natural to adapt to the current circumstances – although I will definitely be glad to get back to an office environment when I can!
I certainly feel that I’m in a far better place than I would have been had I not accepted the apprenticeship. While I still don’t exactly know what I’d like to be doing as a career in future, working through the apprenticeship scheme has helped point me in the right direction and given me ideas on what the next step might be. I have learnt a lot about working in the law, business and other industries as well as about marketing, all of which has put the working world in a completely different perspective for me.
I implore anyone who is unsure of what they want to do to consider taking an apprenticeship, even if you’re not sure about what kind of apprenticeship you’d like to do, any work and life experience can be hugely beneficial to giving you a better understanding of the future path you’d like to take and will hopefully become successful at.
Thomson Snell & Passmore has a well established apprenticeship programme, which includes paralegal, legal executive and business services roles. For more information please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.