Upon my arrival in the criminal department, I thought the cases I would be dealing with on a day to day basis would be predictable; theft, assault, criminal damage, etc, but I soon realised how far the remit of the department really extends. To date, I have been involved in licensing issues, education proceedings, preparing for public inquiries before the Traffic Commissioner, and health & safety concerns, as well as matters dealt with in both the Crown and Magistrates’ Court. This is just a drop in the ocean – the list could go on.
My advice to those starting their Training Contracts this September is to keep an open mind when it comes to the department you find yourself in. Everyone has preferences, but sometimes you may not know how much you enjoy something until you try it. Throw yourself into tasks and ultimately make the most of the opportunities you are given.
The trainees have remained very much involved in the local community. Last month, Nick, Chris and I attended Milton Keynes Academy’s ‘Question Time’ event. With a variety of local organisations and businesses in attendance, it was an opportunity for staff and students at the Academy to engage in a discussion on how to improve links between businesses and schools, as well as determine whether schools do enough to prepare students for work.
Last month, I also ran my second half marathon in aid of the NSPCC. During my induction, one of the partners of the firm told us that it was important for us to find an outlet to relax after work. I have found this critical whilst working in the Crime department. You are dealing with people’s lives, you get to know them and consequently you put time and effort into helping them get that welcome result. I have found training for these half marathons a good way to relieve some of the day to day pressure, as well as providing time to reflect on some of the tasks set and put them into perspective.
Our annual golf day held last month was also a huge success and again the trainees were given the opportunity to be involved. In aid of Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice and with brilliant weather, the day was a huge success. It was a great excuse to get away from the daily norms and socialise further with clients and colleagues alike.
As I write this blog I am coming to the end of my first year as being a trainee. Over the last year I feel I have not only gained confidence in myself and my work, but have gained valuable skill sets which I know will only continue to develop as my career unfolds. I am looking forward to seeing what the next year has in store.