Name: Brittany Wills

Job: Legal secretary

Age: 24

City/town: Epsom, just out of Auckland CBD

What’s your job? I am a legal secretary at SKYCITY Entertainment Group in Auckland.

How did you get into this line of work? I came across a temporary position as a receptionist at law firm in West Auckland. Within six months they trained me up as a legal secretary and here I am.

What does a typical working day look like for you? The days at SKYCITY are extremely varied. I report to our general counsel and company secretary and support the wider Legal team, so there is always plenty to do. This can include non-stop filing all day to editing documents, coffee/lunch runs, attending meetings, and organising events and corporate boxes, but generally assisting with any matters our team have. I also support our Regulatory team.

What qualifications or training did you need? I have a New Zealand Diploma in Legal Executive Studies but having the right personality for the team and an eye for detail is essential.  

What are the best bits about your job? I love that every day something different is going on so I’m constantly learning..

What are the worst bits? The times when a million things need to be done at once and multiple people are calling, talking to you and running around – it’s highly stressful juggling everything but is a great feeling when you can manage yourself and the situation well. Also filing, but it’s the best way to learn the ins and outs of every contract so it never gets too bad.

What’s your biggest career goal? I’d love to move up into a legal executive position soon and start travelling – legal execs are always needed around the world. It wouldn’t be bad having my own conveyancing firm one day too.

If you weren’t doing this job, what would you most likely be doing? I would probably be in the water as a dive instructor, or an events manager.

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