I always had an interest in law and had completed a Diploma in Legal Studies to try and get a break into the industry. Unfortunately due to the recession it was proving extremely hard to get a job in any law firm. I decided to gain extra qualifications in order to give me an advantage when applying for a job.
I found Pitman Training online and initially spoke to Maria about doing a typing course but after a chat with her and a long hard think I decided to do a Legal Secretarial Diploma.
Doing this course has been so straight forward. I am doing it in my own time and there is never an issue made if I need to cancel my study session, which definitely comes in handy as I have a young daughter.
After starting the course and getting through the first few modules I decided I would start applying for jobs to increase my confidence in interviews.
I had two interviews in two law firms. The first was for an office assistant and they actually told me they felt I was too qualified for the position. The second was for a Legal Secretary and to my surprise I was successful with that. I couldn't believe it especially because I didn't yet have the diploma completed but what I had learned in the course so far had definitely stood to me and gave me that extra length above other people.
The job itself is hard. I am very busy and need to be extremely organised but I love it. I use what I have learned in Pitman everyday and I even use it to teach my colleagues different things on excel and word. I have my books with me in the office so if there is anything I am uncertain of I can refer to my book.
Pitman has been great as I am now working longer hours and planning a wedding so some weeks I am finding it difficult to get in to the course but they are so understanding. Everyone is so helpful and if there are any problems Paul, Stasia and Maria are extremely approachable and can't do enough for you.
I really can't recommend them enough!