February 21, 2017

Graduation and Career Goals


I find it really difficult to talk about my career goals with family and friends because, if I haven't stated my goals aloud, I can pretend they were never my intention, in the face of failure. There is less pressure to succeed and fear of disappointment if you don't admit to yourself how badly you want something, right? While it's easier that way, it's also become a little unhealthy, and I think setting myself some short-term goals could help me set aside the feelings I'm currently having. Right now, I can't help but feel frustrated and as if things have become a little bit... static?



I graduated in November 2016 with a 2:1 LL.B (Hons). If you'd have told me I'd have a law degree aged twenty-two when I was in secondary school, I probably would have laughed. I have always been academic, but my fear of failure has always held be back.

I found my time at university extremely testing. Alongside studying, I was working between sixteen and thirty-seven hours a week in order to save enough money to move out of my parents' property. With the constant support of my lovely boyfriend, perseverance and faith, I somehow managed to graduate with a good grade. I felt the weight of the world fall off my shoulders when I received my classification. That feeling was short lived. I put an immense amount of pressure on myself to find a full-time job within weeks of graduating. As a result, I ended up in a job I was absolutely miserable in, in a practice area I had next to no interest in. I had to do some serious reflecting on all the experience I had gained to decipher where I wanted to go from there, and thankfully, I landed a role as a legal assistant in the family department of a firm I had always wanted to work for. You can read about when I secured my current role, here

I am the type of person who always needs to be moving forward, no matter how slowly, just in the right direction. I am always looking at the next step. So, *deep breaths*, these are my short-term goals, to get closer to where I want to be:

  • Go back to uni. I'm already on the right track with this goal, having accepted an unconditional offer to study my LPC part-time in London. My course commences in September 2017 and my employer has agreed to let me drop down to working four days per week to accommodate my studies. I really plan on throwing my all into my postgraduate studies, unlike my undergraduate studies, where I tried to juggle way too much.

  • Get a new laptop. This really coincides with my first goal, but I feel it's time to treat myself a little and a new course surely requires new tech and stationary?! My pink HP Pavilion G Series has been going since my first year of A-level studies (2011) and has served me well. I think I will probably be buying the same again (perhaps not pink this time!).

  • Learn as much from my current role as possible. My interest in family law has grown tremendously as a result of the exposure I've gained in my current role. I have always been interested in this practice area and gained some experience in family law by targeting firms with a focus on it, but as a work experience student, I was never allocated a great level of responsibility (understandably). I would like to continue taking as much from my role as possible to complement my further studies.

  • Read more. This applies to both my personal life and academic studies. I have loved reading since a very young age and used to make my way through paperbacks like there was no tomorrow. This sadly came to a halt when I enrolled at university. The only books I had time for were text books. I would also like to get back into reading current awareness from the Inner Temple. I relied heavily on this in my previous role, as my knowledge of occupational disease was slim and I needed to do my homework to keep up to speed. This isn't something that is strictly necessary in my current role, but I'd like to keep up with the latest in family law for my own personal growth.

  • Utilise LinkedIn more. As per the above, LinkedIn can be a great tool for keeping up to date with changes in law and business. There are some great articles on there. I also find there to be a lot of support on LinkedIn, and seeing other people achieve their goals and move up the career ladder keeps me motivated to do likewise.

  • Secure an interim paralegal role (hopefully at my current firm) with a higher level of responsibility, exposure to a wider variety of matters, and a higher salary. Money isn't everything, but my partner relies on my income in a small way, too, and I would like to be able to contribute more towards our lifestyle.

My ultimate goal is to secure a training contract, preferably with seats in family law, dispute resolution, residential property and wills and probate. Some days, it feels like mission impossible, I feel like crying, throwing in the towel and pursuing a different, more obtainable, career path. Then I realise... I've made it this far - further than I ever thought I would get. I can't wait to crack on and, hopefully, one day I'll get to where I want to be!




Despite the more serious nature of this post, it would be wrong not to mention my graduation outfit and makeup! For those wondering, my dress was £40 from River Island, my bracelet is Links of London and was a graduation gift, and makeup as follows:

  • Foundation: Revlon Colorstay foundation in 'buff'
  • Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade in 'taupe'
  • Blusher: Too Faced Love Flush in 'I Will Always Love You'
  • Highlight: Mary Lou Manizer by theBalm
  • Eyeshadow: Too Faced Natural Eyes palette
  • Mascara: click here for info on my lash extensions. Seventeen FalsifEye HD on the bottom lashes
  • Lipstick: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 'Celebrity Skin' 

Thanks for reading and have a lovely week!
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  1. Best of luck with all of your goals! It's great to have a plan in place! xx

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    1. Thank you! It's also so scary, because what if the plan falls through?! Trying to constantly look forward though!xx

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  2. Congrats on graduating and securing a place to study your LPC, it was so refreshing reading a post like this because by reading about you push yourself, it makes me want to too. I hopefully, fingers crossed will graduate this year and have yet to plan ahead, everything just seems so nerve wracking at this stage haha! Have a lovely day :)

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Trishna! I am so excited to go back to uni and continue with my development. Good luck and I hope you graduate with the classification you want a have a fab time celebrating! The nerve-wracking stage is never ending for me, it seems, so I can relate! Have a lovely weekend xx

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  3. Career is very important for us; therefore, we need perfect planning to develop our career goals. Most probably, people with positive attitude and effective skills are always looking for good career developing opportunities. Mostly, due to lack of proper platform they are unable to develop their career goals. Therefore, it is quite essential to learn some basic tips on how to develop our career in a right way. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful experience.

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  4. The gift boxes are filled with gourmet fruit and nut mixtures, caramel popcorn, and assorted toffees. best graduation gifts

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