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Xaverian student sets sights on a degree apprenticeship and career in law

Xaverian students are working hard during the current exam season to gain the high grades that will see them take up places at prestigious universities across the UK, however Jersey Tambue is choosing the alternative route of a Degree Apprenticeship, with international law firm, DWF, to achieve her ambition of becoming a Solicitor.

Former pupil of The Derby High School in Bury, Jersey is studying A Levels in Economics, French and Psychology at Xaverian. Her interest in law was sparked at an event organised by a law firm where she met a senior member of the firm. Jersey commented:  “We spoke about a former Xaverian Apprentice from the Manchester Office whom I had met during a work experience placement. I later found out that the lawyer I was talking to was a senior member of the law firm and was even on the board of the organisation! I learnt a lot that day about professionalism, kindness and humility and that was definitely a defining moment for me.

“I chose Xaverian as I found that it was a very diverse college and offered the subjects that were most suited to what I wanted to study. I don’t regret it at all! Without Xaverian I wouldn’t have met some of my favourite people and had the experiences that I have had.”

Jersey was familiar with how to apply to university but was less familiar with the process for gaining an apprenticeship. After receiving support from the careers team at the college, she gained an insight into how to write an effective application and advice on video interview techniques and assessment tests. Jersey said: “You have to write individual applications to different companies, all of which will be completely different in terms of their process and what they require from you as a candidate. For DWF, I had to submit a written application, take part in a video interview and attend an assessment centre. The most difficult part is waiting, especially if the outcome is a rejection. It can be quite disheartening especially when everyone is getting university offers back whilst you’re still waiting, but in the end it’s so rewarding to be successful in gaining the position.”

Jersey will be starting a six-year Level 7 Solicitor Degree Apprenticeship with DWF in September. Jersey commented: “For the first four years I will be working towards a Law degree (LLB) and for the remaining two I will be working towards becoming a fully-qualified solicitor. During the apprenticeship, I hope to get involved with charities and work with younger people to really spread the word about degree apprenticeships.”

She continued: “After my apprenticeship, I plan to continue practicing as a lawyer, hopefully within a very interesting team and working on some fascinating cases and projects. My advice to others is to make good use of time! Try looking at sixth forms or university courses/apprenticeship opportunities a little earlier and do your research in the summer so you can get involved before exams and assessments take up your time – you’ll thank yourself later!”

Jo Leach, Careers Lead at the college, said: “We are delighted that Jersey has been successful in securing a degree apprentice with DWF. It’s a fantastic opportunity to gain a recognised degree and take part in paid work experience, whilst following a defined career route into being a solicitor. As a sixth form college, we are seeing an increasing number of students choosing higher and degree apprenticeships as an effective and fulfilling route into kick-starting their careers, and one that we, as a careers team, can support throughout the whole process.”

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