My career at Brodies started in 2014 when I was just 18 and had not long left high school. I joined marketing and business development as Brodies' first ever apprentice. Eight years on and I reflect on my experience as an apprentice and how it led to my career today.  

I chose the apprenticeship route because I was stuck between getting a full-time job or going to university. I had no idea what I wanted to study, so I decided to get the best of both by learning on the job. 

My apprenticeship consisted of eight modules that I picked with my manager Kirsty, on what fitted best to my role. I worked on the modules when I had spare time within the working day, or I'd block out time in my diary. I would say that I learnt a lot of my best qualities during my apprenticeship from my working environment and colleagues around me – such as communication, teamwork, people skills, time management and so on.

After completing my apprenticeship, I applied to university to study law and last year I graduated with an LLB in Scots law. Of course, I learnt a lot at university, as everyone does, but I would say that my character, confidence, and work ethic stems from skills I picked up during my apprenticeship. I always thought I'd go onto be a lawyer, and that was the goal if you had asked me a couple of years ago.

My role is now within the communications team at Brodies, I work on both internal and external projects - the most recent being the launch of our new Edinburgh office at Capital Square- creating content for communications and social media campaigns, writing press releases, and gathering stories from colleagues. I'm also a member of our Younger Colleague network, which enables people within the firm who are at the start of their careers, to have a voice on the topics that matter to them.

I enjoy my new role as it gives me first-hand exposure to what is going on across the firm, allows me to tap into my creative side (that I didn't know I had!) and share ideas.


Erin Brown

Communications Assistant