S O YOU WANNA BE… A L AWYER

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“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.

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