Paul McArdle

"Persevere and never give up. Pursue the job of your dreams and do not take a job for the sake of taking a job, or making lots of money. A career is for life, and you have to be happy"
About my career

I was a late starter when it came to studying. I went straight into work at 16, and only began studying at 31. I had worked in Legal Practice as a Litigation Executive, effectively the same job as a lawyer without being admitted, since 1995 for Plaintiff Personal Injury. I decided to study for my law degree in 2002 to develop my career.

Through studying I gained the skills of discipline, analytical and research skills, and time management, the latter being the most important. To work as a manager, or in law, you have to juggle many tasks and commitments.

I moved to Australia in 2007, on the day I graduated. I understood that I would be able to study the College of Law and be admitted as a lawyer in Sydney. However, this wasn’t the case. It would have required another 2-3 years of part-time study to convert my law degree so that it would be recognised in Australia, and after just studying for three years, I didn’t want to study again straight away.

My first job was temporary work in conveyancing, before becoming a Legal Specialist at Allianz Insurance, where I spent three years. I then worked for QBE Australia for another three years, within a team of non-practicing lawyers defending professional negligence, and directors and officer’s claims.

I then got my current role at Steadfast Underwriting Agencies as a Claims Manager, managing a team of claim officers specialising in the same areas as before, as well as property and liability claims.

My top tip for students is…

Persevere and never give up. Pursue the job of your dreams and do not take a job for the sake of taking a job, or making lots of money. A career is for life, and you have to be happy.

I’m inspired by…

Environmental Law. I actually took time out of work to study this subject with the full-time students. I have a passion for protecting the environment, and thought environmental law would help me better understand the legalities behind those protections. Ironically, the basis of most case studies was the Australian legal system because they have specialist environmental courts. Who would have thought that I would then end up working in Australia?

Why I love Manchester Met

For me it was the excitement of going back to study after 16 years. With working in a stressful full-time job, it took me out of my ‘work’ world and was an escapism to help me further and better my career.