November 15, 2016

Life Update: My First Car & My New Job!


If you read my last 'Life Update' post here then you'll recall that I left uni and my part-time job behind in June 2016 and became... an adult. Dun dun dun. Well, five months later, and a few more things have changed, so I thought I'd share just a couple of them, to keep my little ol' blog up-to-date.

I was so excited when I was offered my first paralegal role within a week of leaving university. The role was in a national occupational disease litigation firm, based in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. If you follow me on LinkedIn, you'll know the firm I worked for, but I don't want to mention it anywhere on my blog, because I like to keep my work life separate from everything else and maintain professionalism. For the same reasons, I won't be going into too much detail about why I chose to leave my first full-time job, but I can say that I left on amicable terms.
 

If you'd asked me which area of law I wanted to practice in just six months ago, I'd have told you 'personal injury!' but my first paralegal role has completely put me off that idea. It just wasn't for me, but that's okay! That's what life's all about, and I'm so thankful to have gained an insight into this area before deciding it's no longer something I'm interested in. The firm I was working for was a defendant firm, which was another aspect of the job which I wasn't keen on. 

I was offered a new job as a legal assistant in the family department of a reputable local firm in Westcliff-on-Sea last month, and I start my new role on Monday, 14th November 2016 (yep, this post went live on Tuesday, 15th, so as you're reading this, I've already started my new job). I am so excited! It's a firm I have been desperate to work for since I was eighteen. I (unsuccessfully) applied for work experience at this firm all through university and I interviewed there for a similar role back in June, but lost out to a more experienced candidate at the last minute. I was gutted at the time, but I know that everything happens for a reason. I believe the reason I didn't get the job first time round was because I was meant to work in personal injury for a while, so I could rule it out! 

I'm very much looking forward to working in family law, as I believe it will be a lot more personable than defendant personal injury work. I've been told that the job is a hybrid paralegal/legal secretary role, which suits me to a T at this stage in my career. I've always been a keen typist and my organisational skills make me ideal for a spot of administrative work, but I still aspire to qualify one day. I'm hoping to enroll on the part-time LPC at London Metropolitan University, starting in September 2017. This is something I'll have to discuss in further detail with my new employer, but we discussed it at interview and they seem like a really supportive firm when it comes to career progression! Short-term, I'm looking forward to updating my LinkedIn profile, meeting my new colleagues, and attending my first Christmas meal with the firm. I am nervous to be the new girl again, but I'm sure it will all be fine, as everyone at the firm seems so, so friendly!

In other news, I finally got round to buying my first car! I passed my test in July 2014, but never bought a car. I was studying in central London and working a short bus ride away from home, so never saw the point in incurring the expense when, in reality, I had nowhere to drive to. I was on my boyfriends insurance from the moment I had my provisional license, though, so gained experience driving both his old Ford Fiesta and his new Audi A3. I'm so thankful to him for chauffeuring me around for the last five years and for trusting me to drive his cars!

I'd only been thinking about buying a car for a week or so, when, on impulse, I bought a 2012 Fiat 500 from Essex Ford at Kent Elms, Essex. It was the best impulse decision I've ever made! Since my new job isn't as easy to get to via public transport, I was able to use the excuse that I needed the car to drive to work. 

My little car is absolutely perfect for me; I'm so pleased with it! It cost me £6400. I ended up paying half the money upfront and financing the rest. While I had all the money upfront, I chose to finance half the car, because I need the cash for my course fees when I go back to uni. The guys at Essex Ford (Nick and Joe) were brilliant. They were so friendly and made the whole transaction pretty easy for me. I feel a lot more confident driving my own car, which is great. The only thing left to tackle is the dreaded parallel park! There is free parking at my new job, down side roads, but I'll be forced to parallel park at rush hour, which is a lot of pressure for someone so awful at parking. If I was reading this post, I'd be annoyed that there is no picture of said car, I getcha, buuuut... since this is my first set of wheels, I'm super paranoid of anything happening to them, so didn't really fancy the idea of posting pics of my precious car on the world wide web! #sorrynotsorry

I hope at least one person out there enjoys these posts, but I enjoy them more than anything, because I can't wait to look back on them in the future! There are so many more exciting updates on their way. I can't wait to update you all on the progress of our first home, when we move in. I'm also planning a post called '2016 Was the Year That...' which will take a look back at all the amazing things I've been up to this year. Ta ta for now!
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  1. This is so exciting, you're like Rachel from Suits! Well done on your new job, I hope you're having an amazing week! Xx

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    1. I don't watch suits *gasps,* but I'll take that as a compliment! In reality though, I'm just a secretary haha! Yes, very much enjoying the first week of my new job, thank you! My new colleagues are very friendly xx

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  2. Very exciting updates! Congratulations on your new job! xx

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