Dayna Chats Future With Hal
Job Title: Level 7 Solicitor Apprentice
Hi everyone - I hope you’re all well. This week I’m back with our second of the ‘Dayna Chats With’ series, and I’m talking to 23-year-old Hal, who is a Solicitor Apprentice at Dentons.
Whilst applying to university, Hal stumbled across this unbeatable apprenticeship at Dentons and decided that learning and earning was definitely the right choice for him. It’s a whopping six-year apprenticeship, but, as Hal explains, that’s no different to the time he’d have spent studying at university and then training with a firm after.
Hal stands firmly in his decision to earn his law qualification via an apprenticeship. Let’s find out why!
Can you tell me, what made you choose to do an apprenticeship over university?
‘Well, my original plan was to go to university in London and study law the traditional way. But, I came across this opportunity at Dentons and couldn’t ignore it. It fit everything I was looking for, really - a law degree, and being in London. Another factor was that I wouldn’t have £50,000 worth of debt hanging over me before I even started a job.’
And what initially drew you to law as a career area?
‘I just knew I wanted something that was challenging. I like a bit of pressure, and I also like working with people. Plus, I knew I’d find the academic side of law really interesting.’
Tell us a bit about what a Solicitor apprenticeship involves.
‘Well, it’s a six-year apprenticeship, and everything is combined into one programme. I do one day a week of university study where I take online classes - they’re very interactive, and I can work from home or at work. I also study in my own time - mainly at weekends and before work for an hour!’
And do you feel like you’re getting a good amount of 'real world’ experience?
‘Definitely. A lot of the time at work, I’m doing things you don’t need a law degree for, but I do feel that what I’m studying at uni I’m able to apply at work, and vice versa. It’s a really great way to learn.
What’s your favourite part about your apprenticeship?
‘I love the amount of responsibility I’m getting, as well as experiencing what it will actually be like to have a career in the industry, because not everybody gets the benefit of that. There’s only so much that general work experience can tell you about what it’s like to actually work in law.’
And what would you say is the most challenging part?
‘It’s got to be finding the right balance between study and work!’
What advice would you give to someone who isn’t sure about what to do after school or college, or is maybe considering an apprenticeship themselves?
‘I’m really passionate about the apprenticeship programme and so I would definitely advise everyone to consider an apprenticeship. I never imagined doing this myself; at first I was apprehensive because it’s something new and something different, but I really don’t regret my decision to do this.’
And there you have it! If, like Hal, you’re interested in a career in law, or would like to know more about the different careers an apprenticeship can lead to, sign up below and let us match you to your perfect apprenticeship!