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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?
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.