"Something about yourself that we don't know"
This month’s challenge was a hard one for me as I share most things about myself on this blog, especially in the early posts.
One thing I don’t think that I have really talked about here is my job and how I came to be where I am so that is what I have decided to tell you about today. I am a legal secretary/assistant.
I didn’t go down the education route. That is to say upon leaving school at 16 I did actually go to college but after a few months it was obvious that I had made the wrong course choices. Rather than get stuck on a path I quickly realised I didn’t want to be on, I made the decision to leave.
This quickly led to my being taken on for my first job, as an office junior at a small firm of Solicitors. Although not the most fun of jobs, it was the perfect one for a 16 year old and the first step on the ladder to improving my position. In the most part my job was making cups of coffee for everyone in the building twice a day, answering the phone; filing; photocopying; running errands and delivering post. What I absolutely hated though was the hour a day I had to spend in the dark cellar or the creepy, cobweb infested attic sorting out the archaic file archiving system. I felt like a hard done to eighteenth century maid!
Crawling around attics aside, I found that I liked the legal industry and decided to forward my career in this field.
Over the years I made my way through being an office junior to a junior typist and then upon moving firms I ended up working for a newly qualified solicitor. I have stayed with him over the years until such a time as he is now a Partner in the firm and I am his secretary/assistant.
I work in the personal injury department and we are soon making a transition into working with Social Services which is going to be a big change.
I never imagined myself as being a legal secretary when I was at school, but my quirky love for stationary; combined with my love for organisation and the fact that sometimes; you can really make a different to someone’s life for the better has taken to me to where I am today.
I have never been career driven. As long as I am happy in my personal life and my work is something that I enjoy, I am content. I work with some fantastic people whom I have known for many years, I enjoy my job and I wouldn’t change a thing.