"I became the person I am now because of my time at university."
When I was in the final year of my LLB (Hons) Law degree at Manchester Metropolitan University, I started looking for a Paralegal role and managed to obtain a position as a Personal Injury and Civil Litigation Paralegal to start straight after my exams in summer 2011. Alongside my job, I undertook a Legal Practice course and completed a training contract to successfully become a qualified solicitor in October 2014.
I now specialise in property law and I am currently training to become a mediator on behalf of Manchester City Council. In my spare time, I carry out various pro-bono work for my local community.
Throughout my time at the University, I learnt that communication skills are important to anyone hoping to become a successful solicitor, and it is our responsibility as an individual to prove these at all stages of our academic life. I particularly enjoyed studying the Family Law module as it taught me really interesting legal topics relevant to ordinary people during the course of their lives.
I have learnt that in addition to displaying your knowledge towards the industry and business you will practice in, potential employers are looking for evidence of how you are likely to behave at work. These are key skills which I developed during my time at Manchester Metropolitan University, through social interaction and encounters with my lecturers and colleagues.
Tailor your applications and research the company and position you are applying for. When it comes to completing a standout application, you will need to display the same determination and willpower you showed in completing your degree.
I have also learnt that prospective employers want to know who you are as a person! Be detailed about any extracurricular experience which you have, as it adds value to your skillsets and professional profile. Show your strongest experience, to help prove that you are the right candidate for the job.
I will always be grateful towards MMU for the opportunities they provided me with. I became the person I am now because of my time at university.