I am about to start a legal secretary course next week which lasts for 1 year. When I went for the interview at the college all the other potential students were school leavers (half my age ). I'm 30 now and would be 31 when qualified.
My question is would you employ a 31 year old qualified legal secretary with no experience, or would you much prefer the young nubile candidate?
I want to know if I am wasting my time doing this course and whether I should look at something else all together. I have no legal experience, although I do have admin experience but I haven't worked in 7 years as have been a SAHM.
I looked into this recently. When I went to the college I asked about job prospects at my age and she said that at the end of the course, reps from local legal firms came in to do presentations and those with good results walk into jobs. I am in London though, so I don't know about where you are.
I would suggest ringing a few legal recruitment agencies. You can always temp as well to get experience.
I worked as a temp legal secretary for a while, and the women there were a mixture of ages, from about 22 up to mid-thirties. A lot of the places seemed to always be recruiting - I would think they'd be happy to have someone a bit more mature and settled.