What did you study at Aston University? LLB Law with Business ManagementWhat year did you graduate? 2015What is your current job role? Trainee Solicitor Organisation? Shakespeare Martineau LLP
What did I do after I graduated? Once I had completed my degree and enjoyed a well-deserved break, I got a job at Shakespeare Martineau LLP in September 2015 as a legal assistant. The role was predominantly administration based, and I was responsible for creating new files following new instructions from clients, and assisting fee earners in their day to day tasks. After 4 months in the role, I was promoted to a fee-earning role, working within the uninsured loss recovery department. This involved working for well-known corporate clients within the retail, construction and hire industries in recovering a variety of losses that they had incurred through no fault of their own, and which they were not covered for through insurance.
What would I advise students to do before/after they graduate? I think it is important to plan in advanced (as best as you can) what you ultimately want to end up doing once you have completed your degree. During the first two years of my degree, I was set on a career in the corporate world and had secured a job to walk into following completion of my degree. However, after commencing my final year, I had a change of heart and decided that I wanted to pursue a career in law. This therefore meant I had to start from scratch in looking for options following completion of my degree. Whilst it is difficult to know what you want to do long term during years 1 and 2 of your degree, it is important to do as much research as possible so that you have an idea as to what you ultimately may want to do long term. It is also important to obtain some relevant work experience where necessary, to get a feel for whether you are suited to a particular job or industry.
Post-graduation, I think it is important to have a rest! After 3 or 4 years hard work, you deserve to have a break. Do not be downbeat if you do not have a job lined up as there are plenty of opportunities out there, with a lot of opportunities not being the traditional ‘graduate scheme’. There will (more than likely) be knockbacks along the way but perseverance and remaining confident is key!
What do I enjoy about my current role? Being a trainee solicitor allows me to be exposed to a range of different work on a daily basis. I am actively encouraged to speak to clients and understand the issues that they have. One day I could be drafting a contract and the next, dealing with a dispute. I enjoy the unpredictability of what a typical day can throw up; no day is the same and it keeps things fresh. In addition, I enjoy the people that I work with, and learning from experienced solicitors and partners who have all been in the same position that I am in.
What are my career ambitions for the future? My immediate plans are to qualify as a solicitor, albeit I am unsure as to the area of law that I will specialise in. My ultimate goal is to become a partner, hopefully at Shakespeare Martineau, as this is the pinnacle for a solicitor. I am also keen to do some visiting lecturing and teaching as this is something I have always wanted to do.
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