Getting in to a law firm at the ground floor – Rachel Ashby

I joined a law firm as an office junior when I was 17 years old and moved on from there to a position within the firm as a receptionist. This role was not challenging enough and so I attended evening college and gained legal secretary qualification and found that I really enjoyed learning about property litigation.

I was told about the CILEx route when I was told my boss that I would be interested in finding out more about the procedures and documents that I type often. I started studying with CILEx Law School aged thirty. I have two young children and therefore attending college was not really an option so to be able to learn at my own pace and still work is a bonus.

My qualifications will be recognised by my employer and they are very supportive in my doing the course. So far it has been great – supportive but not overbearing. I have found the timetables and forum particularly helpful.

For myself, going to college and university was not an option when I was younger due to various reasons but having the opportunity to increase my skills and qualifications with the CILEx route is brilliant. You are never too old to learn and especially whilst I still have young children, makes me feel proud that I can still do something, even at my age, to further my career and provide a more positive future for myself and my family.