My seat is in Marine and International Trade, which was a completely new aspect of the law for me. I feel that I am very lucky to be able to work in such an interesting department, which is also very complex and challenging. I help my colleagues with a lot of their workloads; I have recently been drafting claims letters, and calling third parties from across the globe, as well as producing arbitration bundles for Tribunal. I also help with billing and checking invoices to be sent to our clients. I feel very privileged to be able to have such an involved role, after only being with the team for six months.
In my job, I enjoy learning, as it is a constant learning process throughout my apprenticeship. It is brilliant to know that I am trusted by my colleagues to carry out tasks for them, and I always like to receive their feedback, knowing how and where I can improve. However, I do find the long days hard, as my hours at school and college were not as long. Nevertheless, it is all part of working, and there are always tasks to be done, therefore my days do go quickly.
The recruitment process
After applying to university, I was curious as to what other routes into a legal career were available, and that is when I found Vision apprenticeships on the internet, listing a whole range of on apprenticeships. I firstly applied to another firm and was in the final three for that position, however in the meantime an apprenticeship scheme was advertised for Clyde & Co, so I applied, and was amazed by the size and reputation of the firm on the open day.
The recruitment process was a long one, however it was well worth it and gave me an insight as to what to expect. Once I had submitted my CV and some initial assessment answers, I had to complete a telephone interview; after passing that I was asked to complete online exams in maths, English and IT. I had to pass the assessments at a certain level, in order for my application to continue. I was then contacted again, and told I would be contacted by Clyde & Co if they wanted to interview me. They did. The final selection of us were asked into one of two assessment days, and during these days we had an interview, a written task based on breach of contract, and a pitch to some of the Manchester office partners. I found this experience fantastic, as it enabled me to show my abilities and knowledge of the law I had already developed. Also, it allowed us to gain a better awareness of what would be involved in our apprenticeship – if we got the position. All the way through the application process I didn’t once feel scared, as all the recruitment team and the other employees I met were really helpful, and wanted to see us succeed. I was then contacted by one of the firm’s equity partners and was told I had the job – I was so happy! Before we had signed our contracts we were invited to the Manchester office’s summer BBQ. It was here that I was able to speak to some of the trainees and remove any fear I had of entering the world of work. Also, I was able to get to know my fellow apprentices, which was only the start of some great friendships I have made in just six months. European Union Social Fund
The first three works of working at Clyde & Co were spent in ‘suit camp’. This was an excellent way for me to get to know the variety of departments at the firm, as well as getting to know people who weren’t in my team, so that now there are a lot of helpful familiar faces. Suit camp involved working with different departments in order to gain an understanding of what they did within the firm, and what their roles entailed. For me, it has helped when I have had queries in my day to day job, as I know the correct people to go to with any problems that may arise. Also, we visited the London office in order to see the actual size and reputation of the firm we were to be working for, which was really worthwhile.