Jack Kelly, Legal Apprentice, in our HR team tells us about why he chose a legal apprenticeship and what a typical day is for him.
What attracted you to a legal apprenticeship?
Many of my friends were going off to university but it just didn’t seem like the right path for me. I didn’t want the debt and I wanted to gain practical skills for my future career. Therefore, the best option from the start was always an apprenticeship.
Instead of improving my beer pong technique at university, I have had the opportunity to work alongside professionals in the legal sector. Having the opportunity to apply the skills I am learning in my studies to daily situations has also proved invaluable.
Additionally, working in the legal sector has given me the chance to network and socialise with other young professionals on similar paths. Listening to their experiences and insights has helped me to communicate more effectively with people from different walks of life.
Most importantly, as I am interacting with professionals and experts in the workplace, I am learning to develop my approach to situations and thrive as a competent business professional. I believe that having mentorships like these has proved vital, as I am gradually gaining the skills to function as an effective and reliable member of my team.
How do you spend a typical day?
As I support the Head of HR, I deal with all aspects of recruitment/induction, holidays/absences, maternity/paternity, policies/procedures, surveys/reports and many other areas of HR. I also prepare monthly reports for the Operations Board and give talks at local schools about Apprenticeships.
Last year, I volunteered to speak at our Employment Law & HR seminars, in front of Head Teachers and business professionals that represented 80+ schools from across the North West. I believe that learning how to deal with this pressure has helped me to develop as a person – both inside and outside of the office.
Every day is different in HR but having the support of colleagues and mentors has always helped to overcome any challenges that I encounter.
How would you like your career to develop in the future?
I am currently studying for a CILEx qualification in Legal Services at MMU where I am completing a mixture of coursework and exams. I recently completed my first year exams in Tort Law and achieved a distinction grade of 80%.
In the future, I would like to pursue a career in HR, so the next step would be a Level 7 Apprenticeship in HR or Business Management. Using the skills I have developed as a Legal Apprentice will help to reach the next stage of my career.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering an apprenticeship?
If I were to give advice to someone considering an apprenticeship it would be this: be like a sponge. Learn from all your new experiences and gain the knowledge to realise what to do and what not to do when approaching different scenarios – both are equally as important. Also, don’t be afraid to be wrong or to ask for help when you don’t know the answer to something. The best way to learn is through trial and error, so learn from those around you who are more experienced and you will eventually become one of them!
For more information on the apprenticeship schemes available at SAS Daniels, please visit our Legal Apprenticeships page.