Walkers has promoted two of its most successful local trainees, Kristina Bodden and Kimberley Ebanks.
Ms Bodden started at Walkers as an office assistant in June 2003. The company says that she quickly showed promise through her hard work and eagerness to learn, and was tasked with secretarial responsibilities.
This led to her first promotion and admission into Walkers’ Junior Legal Secretary Programme in January 2006. As part of her development track, the firm sponsored her enrollment in the Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) Paralegal course.
She completed the ILEX certification ahead of schedule and has since been promoted to Executive Legal Secretary.
Ms Bodden now plans to further her education by applying for the LLB Honours Degree programme this September. She said: “I am grateful for the training opportunities that Walkers has given me and for their continued support in my educational endeavours. I would encourage other young Caymanians to research and apply for any training programmes their firms may offer because these programmes can pave the way for future career aspirations”.
Ms. Ebanks also rapidly progressed at Walkers. She joined the firm’s special purpose vehicle and corporate services provider, Walkers SPV Limited in October 2003 as an administrative assistant. She later moved to Walkers’ mailroom where she was promoted to supervisor in April 2004.
Ms. Ebanks then learned that the firm offered a variety of training programmes and scholarships for support services staff and with the guidance of the Human Resources Department, enrolled in the Junior Legal Secretary Programme in September 2006.
As part of the programme, she trained in various legal departments at Walkers. Her enthusiasm and aptitude earned her a scholarship to the ILEX Legal Secretary course, which she completed in July 2007.
Ms. Ebanks was then promoted to legal secretary and worked for various lawyers as a “float” secretary until she was permanently assigned to an associate in May 2008.
When asked about future goals, she said: “I hope to become a lawyer in the near future – I am grateful that Walkers has afforded me the opportunity to climb the corporate ladder and look forward to becoming an accomplished Caymanian attorney”.
Her next step is to enroll into the ILEX Paralegal Course, but she makes it clear that her sights are set on the LLB Honours Degree.
Director of Human Resources, Victoria Hew, said: ‘These ambitious young ladies are to be congratulated for their industrious work ethic. They have taken charge of their professional development and we are happy to assist them in building a successful career at Walkers.
‘I think that there is a misconception that our firm only offers legal training, but that is not the case. We encourage all our Caymanian support services staff to take full advantage of the training programmes and further education opportunities that we offer.”