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Lockdown through the eyes of an apprentice

Ruth had a unique experience going through her apprenticeship during the 2021 lockdown. Learn about how it has affected her career and introduced new challenges in the world of law and beyond.

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I joined Jacksons back in 2019 as an apprentice business administrator and I have been lucky enough to be offered the role of paralegal once my apprenticeship is complete.

The last year has thrown many obstacles in my way through my progression from apprentice to fee earner within the New Build Department. In the centre of a global pandemic, the implementation of a national lockdown proved to be extremely challenging. With myself and my team members moving from the office to working from home, this change in environment was a challenge in itself with the limited access to day to day resources. However, workflow was steady and only increased when lockdown began to ease, and restrictions began to be lifted last year.

Learning on the job during a global crisis has proved to be difficult with social distancing restrictions prohibiting hands-on training and limited face to face contact with colleagues. With clients, colleagues and property developers all feeling the strain of the pandemic and the challenge of an imposed national lockdown, the support and positive attitude of my team really helped me push through the hardest and most challenging of days.

With the sudden announcement of a national lockdown, many businesses faced devastating effects. In the early months of lockdown, we saw various restaurant chains being forced to close permanently and supermarkets struggling to keep their shelves stocked. However, the housing market remained steady with little change in sales. The introduction of the government’s furlough scheme was a helping hand to many businesses struggling through the pandemic. The scheme saw many mortgage lenders impose stricter conditions in obtaining a mortgage. However, with many lenders not accepting the scheme this did prove to be one of the biggest challenges the market faced. So, when Boris Johnson announced the easing of lockdown restrictions on the 23rd June 2020, many businesses began to flourish again, and this was prominent within the housing market and sales began to rocket.

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