Maggie Dabska writes about her experience as an Apprentice Paralegal in Bond Dickinson's Recovery+ team.
I am an Apprentice Paralegal working in the Recovery+ team, I help my team to recover debt and defend our clients when they need us to do so. I work as part of a highly dynamic team, my apprenticeship is very academic and my knowledge is growing with each day. I find that I am absorbing much more information than I ever have at school. In my short time with Bond Dickinson I have already been involved with a variety of cases and my work has helped paralegals and lawyers alike to complete client instructions. I have also been involved in large projects where I manage my own time and need to be organised in order to meet deadlines. My apprenticeship is fast paced and demanding in terms of work and academia and involves distance learning with CILEx, through webinars, learning guides, podcasts and e-books. The apprenticeship is helping me become a more mature and well-rounded adult, not only teaching me about the world of Law but also teaching me essential life skills.
The apprenticeship helped give me a clear alternative to university whilst still giving me an academic challenge. It allowed me to enter a professional working environment from a very young age and surround myself with people whom I aspire to be like once I complete the apprenticeship. Being an Apprentice at Bond Dickinson means that you are well looked after by everyone around you, people are very accepting of your needs and understand that everyone learns and works at their own pace.
I have only been at the firm for six months, however I have already visited my secondary school to promote apprenticeships and Bond Dickinson and spoken to a number of students at the "Skills South West" careers fair. There is plenty of opportunity to get involved not only to promote our role but also apprenticeships. I am a member of the Junior Lawyers Division which organises networking events for Junior Lawyers in Plymouth, through this I have made new friends and gained advice on the qualification route which I am pursuing. I always try and encourage others to view apprenticeships in a positive way and look at them as a credible alternative to university by sharing my positive experiences with Bond Dickinson so far