Legal Secretary Career Interview with Clarinda, a Legal Executive Assistant

Legal Secretary Career Interview with Clarinda, a Legal Executive Assistant

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Prior to your Souters Course what was your employment situation?

I had just arrived in London after having decided to undergo a career change from being in the Beauty industry to wanting a more ‘serious’ role. I started by registering with agencies and doing as much temping assignments as I could to gain experience and references.

What is your current job?

I am a Legal EA to a Conveyancer and an assistant to his team.
Why did you decide to take a Souters course?

Having changed careers paths and being able to show future employers that I was enrolled to do a PA Diploma and CILEx course confirmed I was taking the move seriously. Also, being new to the UK, I wanted to make sure my skills were ‘up to par’ for companies here.

What courses did you complete at Souters?

PA Diploma

CILEx Level 3 Legal Secretary

What did you enjoy about the courses?

Classes were small. The course content interesting and very relevant. The lecturers very knowledgeable. I enjoyed the text processing during the CILEx course – really useful and you use it daily in your work. The CILEx course also gives you very good background information on the UK legal system and how a law firm works as well as your role in it. I also enjoyed the fact that the CILEx studies could be done from home and assignment submissions and feedback was done by email – which is helpful if you work full time.

In what ways do you feel that the course has benefited you?

I am much more confident in how I apply myself to my job and am much more willing to take on new tasks because they don’t daunt me.  For example, taking minutes and doing audio dictation was something I have never done before – you practice it so much that it’s second nature now.  My Microsoft Office skills have also improved which makes me much more efficient.

Were you able to get a job following your course?

Yes, I got a job whilst I was doing the course(s).

In particular, how has the course benefited your career?

It showed that I was serious and willing to invest in my career change. My employer thought it was great that I made the decision to change careers and study for something completely different and it showed I was dedicated.

What do you advise to anyone who is considering taking the course?

I would say assess where or in what type of industry you would like to work and see what their requirements are for the job. Most law firms, for example, require a CILEx certificate as a minimum, and so I did it.

What are your future aspirations in your career?

I am taking my legal studies further with CILEx and who knows, perhaps become a solicitor one day.

Would you consider taking another course to further your career and skill set?

Yes I would consider Office Management.