S O YOU WANNA BE… A L AWYER
It’s never too early to plan your future.
“YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO – IT’S JUST A MATTER OF YOUR WILLINGNESS TO DO THE HARD WORK.”
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I’m a lawyer who works in mergers and acquisitions – which is basically when one company buys another or companies join together.
WHEN DID YOU DECIDE YOU WANTED TO BE A LAWYER?
I can’t remember a particular point in time when a light bulb went on in my head, but when I was in school I really enjoyed debating, public speaking and putting together a compelling argument. I enjoyed writing essays in English, so I thought being a lawyer might be a nice way of exploring those passions.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DID YOU NEED?
I went to the University of Technology in Sydney for five years. I did a combined degree – a bachelor of communications and a bachelor of law. After university you have to do your practical training at a legal firm under the supervision of a lawyer before you can officially be a lawyer.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Definitely the people. I also like the way of thinking it encourages me to adopt and develop – problem-solving and getting an outcome for clients. I find that part very rewarding.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
I wake up in the morning and train; that’s a big part of my life – training, health and fitness. Then I begin my workday by going through my emails and checking anything that came in overnight, as we have a lot of international clients. I’ll set a to-do list based on what’s in my emails, then work through that throughout the day. I might go to one or two meetings and work through whatever action items arise out of them methodically. I go out to get lunch and train at the gym, then work well into the evening. We usually have dinner at work.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PERKS OF YOUR JOB?
There are lots of fun things you can get involved in such as touch football, soccer and bands. We have company picnics and an annual snow trip that I go on.
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU’VE LEARNT IN YOUR CAREER SO FAR?
To back myself.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO DOLLY READERS WHO WANT TO BE LAWYERS?
I’d say believe in yourself, and recognise that you can do whatever you want to do – it’s just a matter of whether you’re willing to do the hard work for it. Don’t be disheartened when you don’t succeed at a particular point. It can be difficult, but it’s not impossible.