This week; 4th – 8th March marks National Apprenticeship Week, so we took this opportunity to introduce you to our current apprentice Magdalena Pogorzelska.
Please will you tell us a little bit about yourself?
After my GCSEs, I went to Xaverian College to study Law and Psychology but decided this route into Law wasn’t for me. I do however have an interest in Law and wanted to pursue this as a career path.
Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?
I enjoy the fact that I can learn whilst I earn. Gaining my qualifications and expanding my knowledge of the various career pathways available was a priority. Since I joined Price Slater Gawne, I have gained a greater understanding of the different job roles that are involved in a solicitors practice. This has given me more options to explore.
When did you join Price Slater Gawne?
I joined on the 9th April last year, so have nearly completed my first year with the firm and my apprenticeship qualification.
As part of the apprenticeship programme, which qualification are you currently working towards?
I am currently working towards my Business Administration level 2, which I will complete in April. After this, I will start the Business Administration level 3.
What are you plans after you complete the apprenticeship course?
I have made the decision with the support of the firm to start my level 3 course. This will provide greater understanding of my current job role and also allow me to start to support other departments in the firm, where I will gain wider experience, skills and knowledge.
In the future, I would like to do a degree apprenticeship to work towards becoming a qualified solicitor.
Would you recommend an apprenticeship to others?
I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to others, particularly if they are wishing to gain qualifications, alongside practical work experience.
With there being greater focus towards practical skills, supported by written and verbal assignments; this pathway has been much more suited to the way I prefer to work and study.
I also feel that there is a better work / life balance and feel that I actually have time to enjoy my social life and hobbies.
What advice would you give to someone looking for / applying for an apprenticeship?
I would recommend that someone looking for an apprenticeship considers the career that they want to pursue long term. Take the time to look at the different career opportunities and whether the firm you are considering retain apprentices after the apprenticeship programme is completed. Remaining with a firm offers the chance to build on your skillset and move closer to your career goal.
Thank you for your time Magdalena and we wish you every success with your apprenticeship journey.