We’ve all felt the pressure of not knowing what awaits us when we graduate. We are constantly worried about the hiring process and if we will be good enough to gain employment at a firm doing the work we love. I’ve often felt like I’ve been left in the dark when it comes to information surrounding employment opportunities or where to go after graduation. At the end of my third year I was feeling discouraged and ready to give up, I had lost focus in my degree and was questioning my abilities and whether this degree was really the right fit for myself. I Knew that I needed to decide, to find something about the degree that kept me interested or give up and find something different. I decided to have a chat with one of the local solicitors in my home town just to get a gauge on where I should go from here.
I guess this is where it all started for me, she was so kind and reassured me that I was on the right track and that these feelings were normal especially at this stage in my degree. She was also kind enough to offer me some work experience in her firm just, so I could really get a sense of the practical side of the law and to see if this is something that I really wanted to pursue. I started working two days a week and during this time I got to witness some pretty interesting stuff. I think that’s the best part of the law, you never know what you’re going to encounter, each day is different from the last and some of the people you meet will blow your mind. I was working on cases learning the process and how to use all of this information I’d collected in the last three years, everyone that I worked with was so friendly and willing to help and teach me wherever they could. Not only did I learn a lot over my term at the firm, but I also made some really great friends and know now that if I ever needed anything or was having trouble I could give them a call and they would help me out.
I didn’t realise how useful this work experience would be for my career, I went into the whole thing with the assumption that this would be an experience that would get me interested in the law again. However, it was so much more than that, it gave me crucial experience in a practical setting which helped me gain employment in a firm when I came back to uni. I am now working as a conveyancer at a local firm and it is honestly the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. The interview process was quite easy with my employer asking me a few questions about my experience and what I knew about different legal programs. Having a job in this industry while I am still at Uni will help me relate to my studies, it also looks great on your resume.
My advice to anyone looking at getting a start in the legal industry is find a firm you connect with and try gaining as much experience as possible. Firms are going to be looking for someone who is willing to take time to learn, grow and show initiative when it comes to their work, this also looks great on your resume, gives you solid examples to share in job interviews giving you a boost when looking for paid work.