DRIVEN BY GOALS AND VAL­UES

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Ididn’t know what I wanted to be when I was grow­ing up. For some rea­son, I re­ally wanted to be a palaeon­tol­o­gist — I had di­nosaur fig­urines and loved the idea of play­ing in a sand-pit, it seemed like the dream job to a young boy.

I re­call that this am­bi­tion soon tran­scended into want­ing to be an ar­chae­ol­o­gist — why? I like his­tory and I like to learn! So, it came as a sur­prise when I said I was off to study the law.

I cou­pled my law de­gree with a de­gree in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions.

This opened the door for all sorts of pos­si­bil­i­ties — I re­call want­ing to work for the United Na­tions, per­haps even work abroad or even for the gov­ern­ment in for­eign pol­icy.

But here I am, work­ing my way up the lad­der as a so­lic­i­tor in a ded­i­cated, and ever-grow­ing, fam­ily law firm.

Dur­ing my univer­sity stud­ies, I was con­tin­u­ally asked “what kind of lawyer do you want to be?”

I ac­tu­ally didn’t have an an­swer to this. Ev­ery course I did blew my mind and made me more in­trigued with what is pos­si­ble through the law. But I al­ways knew that I wanted to help peo­ple.

In 2014, I took a plunge and ap­plied for a schol­ar­ship known at the time as the ‘Best Wil­son Fam­ily Law Schol­ar­ship’, the key cri­te­ria be­ing you wanted to be fam­ily lawyer.

I re­call meet­ing with Kara Best at the firm’s old digs in Clif­ford Street, Toowoomba.

I specif­i­cally re­call be­ing asked whether I wanted to be a fam­ily lawyer.

I said I didn’t know and per­haps not, that I wanted to get more ex­pe­ri­ence in dif­fer­ent ar­eas be­fore I made a de­ci­sion as to ‘what kind of lawyer’ I was go­ing to be.

Need­less to say, it’s 2018 and I am now a so­lic­i­tor work­ing for Best Wil­son Buckley Fam­ily Law af­ter hav­ing worked in the busi­ness for close to four years.

I have learnt that the word ‘ca­reer’ doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily have to mean ‘job’ or ‘work’.

I be­lieve that the word “ca­reer” de­scribes your life and what you choose to do as an in­di­vid­ual in so­ci­ety through your work.

You can have mul­ti­ple jobs, and ap­par­ently we mil­len­ni­als are go­ing to have eleven dif­fer­ent jobs dur­ing our life­time.

For me, my ca­reer is what I want to do in help­ing peo­ple and pro­vid­ing a nur­tur­ing and com­pas­sion­ate ser­vice to re­solve dis­putes.

My ca­reer is driven by my goals and val­ues.

Be­ing a fam­ily lawyer al­lows me to achieve this ideal.

BY MAX SUT­TON, FAM­ILY LAWYER

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