I had already completed my application for university but the idea of an apprenticeship really appealed due to the added independence and ability to apply what I would be learning in the course directly to my work.
If I were going to give any advice to someone looking for an apprenticeship, it would be to 'be yourself'. Try to be confident, engage in conversation and get your name out there, make them remember you!
I had never studied law or even had a job before starting my apprenticeship. I wish I had known that the whole apprenticeship scheme was designed to help me develop and learn everything I needed, and therefore that I did not have to worry about my lack of experience!
I studied law at A level and always enjoyed my law lessons throughout Sixth Form, but had never considered applying for a law apprenticeship until I visited an open day at the firm where I now work. At this open day a current apprentice gave a presentation about what the apprenticeship involves and how you can eventually qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive.
I applied for an apprenticeship because I did not want to get into debt by going to university to study. I thought it would be a lot better to do an apprenticeship and learn from real life experiences instead of textbooks.