Sheridan is a Paralegal at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP. She recently came into School to talk to the Junior pupils as part of the Year 6 Careers Carousel.
What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School?
My favourite subject at School was probably English, but I also loved History and Religious Studies. My favourite teacher was either Dr Brown (RS) or Mrs Head (History).
What further study have you undertaken since leaving School?
My undergraduate degree was in Theology and Biblical Studies. I then did a Postgraduate Diploma in Law and then my Legal Practice Course. Therefore have an MTheol degree and an LLB.
How did you progress to your current role and what does it involve?
My current role is as a paralegal in Residential Conveyancing so I haven’t progressed far yet (!), but my job involves running clients’ sale files (providing evidence of a client’s legal title, replying to enquiries and ensuring that documents are executed correctly), a lot of communication with agents, clients and other solicitors, managing a case load and providing excellent customer service. I also assist with purchases of flats/houses and re-mortgages.
What/who influenced your career choice?
My mum emphasised the importance of having a professional qualification and strong academic background, but I used to see lawyers on television and think that I would like to do that! Dr Brown encouraged me into theology at university and career talks at School showed me that I didn’t have to have a law degree to be a lawyer.
What skills are essential for your role?
The abilities to communicate, stay calm under pressure, meet deadlines and pay attention to detail are crucial. I also think you need to be prepared to work very hard and remember that the client is the most important thing!
What are the biggest challenges?
I find the biggest challenge is the frustration of not knowing how to do something. It is important always to ask questions when not sure of the legal answer/the best way to approach things, but I find that I hate being defeated by admin tasks!!
What/who has been your biggest inspiration?
My inspiration to be committed to working hard and trying my best would be my mum!
What do you consider to be your greatest career achievement?
I don’t think I have had a proper ‘achievement’ as such yet, but getting positive feedback from clients at the end of transactions certainly always makes me feel good – knowing we have achieved their aims and provided excellent service is very satisfying.
How did Bolton School help you to be successful in your chosen career?
Bolton School was instrumental. It provided a secure environment in which I could develop social skills and form my own opinions. There was excellent teaching which helped me to get the straight As at A-Level, but it also was good to be around other like-minded, ambitious girls – we all encouraged each other to strive for success.
Why did you offer your assistance to School?
Because Law is such a popular subject and the market is oversaturated, it is important for people considering this career to know what it is really like on a more junior level. Having partners of firms in to talk to children doesn’t offer the same insight.
Did you enjoy talking to the Juniors?
Yes, I enjoyed it very much!