Mature student becomes City Solicitor
I was 26 when I finally decided to go to university to begin my pursuit of a career in law. This wasn’t an easy decision to make. Through my research I had discovered that the legal job market was highly competitive.
Yet this wasn’t the only challenge I faced. Having studied for my A-levels in Africa seven years prior to enrolling at university and having a young family to support, I feared that success was going to be almost impossible. Failure however wasn’t an option.
These challenges only served to make me focus on my goal. From the onset I realised that if I was to succeed I had to build relations with the right people.
For instance, I took advantage of every opportunity to meet with employers. This enabled me to understand better what it is they looked for in a candidate. I also joined a mentoring scheme at university where I was offered support and encouragement. I met several lawyers from different backgrounds through the scheme and was encouraged that if I was committed enough I would make it.
I would encourage anyone facing similar barriers to seize every opportunity available to them and use it to demonstrate a commitment to a legal career.
I am now due to start my training contract at A&O in September 2016 and I'm currently studying the bespoke A&O LPC at the College of Law.