It is hard to believe that I am about to begin the final month of my two-year training contract with Whitehead Monckton. On 16 September 2019, I am set to be admitted to the roll of solicitors, a thought that fills me with immense pride even if the idea of no longer having the comfort blanket of ‘trainee’ as part of my job title is a little scary!
Although it feels like it has flown by, when I take some time to reflect on my training experience, it is undoubtedly the case that I have learnt a lot in a short space of time. I have been actively involved with a wide range of work having undertaken seats in the Co-Emp, Family and TEP departments and almost every day has brought with it a new challenge. I have also enjoyed being actively involved with marketing the firm and taking part in numerous business development events, as well as fundraising for our charity of the year as a member of the firm’s CSR team.
Of course, it has not always been plain sailing and the nature of any learning process is that there are times when you doubt whether you are good enough, however, I am lucky enough to have a great group of colleagues and they have supported, encouraged and inspired me at every step along the way.
I am delighted to be staying on at Whitehead Monckton in September as a newly qualified solicitor specialising in tax and estate planning matters. It was an easy decision for me to make when I was offered the chance to continue my career with this firm and I had no hesitation in accepting the opportunity simply by virtue of my training experience to date. I have been viewed as a valued member of the team from day 1 and I strongly believe that I am now as best equipped as I can be to make the transition from trainee to qualified solicitor.
It’s been an eventful journey to get to this point – and it is only the beginning!