After deciding university wasn’t for me, I started to look at other ways in which I could obtain the right qualifications to pursue a career in law. That’s when I found CILEx (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives). They provided a non-degree route of learning to qualify as Chartered Legal Executive or Solicitor.
I started the course as soon as I left Sixth Form and since joining Gotelee, the firm have been brilliant in supporting my studies, both financially and mentally. There has always been someone to talk to or gain advice from. It has been hugely beneficial being able to work and study at the same time, especially knowing that I when I qualify, I will not have a huge amount of debt behind me. Of course, at times, it has been difficult to manage work, studying and having a social/home life and a certain level of motivation is needed! However, having the support both at home and at work has been the positive force pushing me to keep going. It is also comforting to know that I am already in employment which is not always guaranteed after university.
Since joining Gotelee, each year, there have been more and more learning possibilities, networking opportunities and of course times to get together and have a bit of fun. Gotelee are also invested in staff well being and mental health. As someone who has suffered with anxiety, this is very important to me and I have always felt there is someone to talk or offload to if needed.
I joined Gotelee as a Legal Secretary and have progressed to a Paralegal with the hope of qualifying as Chartered Legal Executive next year. I have been lucky to work with an amazing solicitor, Tracey Laflin, who has guided and taught me things you just can’t learn from a book. The help and support I have received from colleagues has no doubt made working for Gotelee an enjoyable experience and one that I hope to continue for a long time!