In support of National Apprenticeship Week, we have asked some of our apprentices to share their experiences of life as an apprentice at Shoosmiths.
Tania Ardito, CILEx Level 3 Apprentice
Why did you apply for an apprenticeship at Shoosmiths?
I knew that I wanted to do an apprenticeship rather than go to university as the real-life experience that you get whilst on the apprenticeship scheme is what really matters. When I came across the vacancy at Shoosmiths, I researched the firm online and only found positive comments and feedback! I also spoke to people around me and they said that they had heard good things about Shoosmiths. And, of course, I wanted the opportunity to work for a firm with a great reputation.
How did you find the application / interview process?
The whole process was really easy to get through. I was contacted by email and any questions I asked were answered quickly. The interview itself went really well and during the interview I met the recoveries manager; it was great to speak to someone who oversees the department that I now work in.
How did it feel when you found out that you got the offer?
I was over the moon, especially because I didn't have to worry about applying for other roles at firms I wasn't as interested in! I was contacted really quickly after my interview which was a nice surprise as I thought that I would have to wait a lot longer to hear the outcome.
How do you find it to balance working and studying?
I'm doing CILEx so I'm entitled to half a day each week to study and work through tasks that I get set. This means it's usually not too hard to get tasks done before deadlines. I revise whenever I can for my exams. If you have the right mind-set it's really easy to balance working and studying, especially as a lot of the tasks and coursework that I get set are directly related to my work.
What are your ambitions for the future?
I'd like to complete my apprenticeship and then continue with the remaining CILEx Level 3 and Level 6 qualifications. I'd then like to complete my LPC and qualify as a solicitor.