Issie Edwards lets us know what it is like to work as an Apprentice Paralegal in the Flex team
I am an Apprentice Paralegal at Bond Dickinson. I am currently working in the Flex team. The Flex team is a team of paralegals that receives work from all sectors, as it is a flexible resource for the rest of the firm. In flex we work for lawyers and other paralegals to do things ranging from ad hoc tasks to projects that go on for months. The role is definitely demanding as I had no legal knowledge prior to joining Bond Dickinson, but I am really enjoying being able to get involved and I feel I am learning so much more than I would be if I was just studying. As part of the programme I get a study day once a week, which I really appreciate as I get chance to keep on top of my studies. On these days we have webinars which I definitely find very useful.
My apprenticeship at Bond Dickinson means a lot to me. I did not want to go to university but I did not want to miss out on getting valuable qualifications. Through this apprenticeship I can work and learn at the same time (whilst earning some money!). I am undeniably leaning more this way than if I was just studying all the time. I really appreciate the hands on learning and I enjoy working in the office environment. I find the people at Bond Dickinson very friendly, and everybody is always willing to help me and answer my questions! I definitely feel that I am very well supported here, which makes the whole experience much more enjoyable!
I have only been with the firm for six months, but already I have been involved in many different events promoting my apprenticeship, such as, big career events and visiting individual schools. I really enjoy doing this as I get the chance to speak to so many students and young people, some that have a passion for law and others who are not sure what they want to do in the future. It always surprises me how many people don’t know that you can pursue a career in law through an apprenticeship! This is why I think that apprenticeships should be more publicised, a lot of the time people don’t know what options are out there for them. Through school my perception of apprenticeships was that university was the only credible route but my apprenticeship at Bond Dickinson has shown me that simply isn't the case, there are other options that are just as valuable.