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I started my legal career in a banking seat, quite ironic in the current economic climate, although from the work Ive done so far there doesnt seem to be such a credit crisis, but what do I know - Im not Robert Peston! I have been so busy that I have had to hit the ground running as theres a great deal of responsibility given to me in this seat.
Other than the massive amount of information that I have learnt and had to take in, the really practical thing Ive learnt is where my work and everyday tasks come from. I sometimes imagined that I may bring in clients by standing outside the office giving my cards to passers-by in a hope that they will give me some work! The truth is that it usually comes from my supervisor or other fee earners in the department and trainees facilitate and support them.
Notwithstanding this, there are occasions on small matters when I have become the principal contact for the client. But its these occasions where Im not overwhelmed as I think that this is my chance to show the firm that I can handle greater levels of responsibility when appropriate.
One of the most nerve racking experiences for a trainee is to dictate whilst sharing an office with your supervisor. The usual trainee practice, which I have done on many occasions, is to whisper into the microphone and hope your supervisor doesnt hear. All the trainees look and sound incredibly funny. I always open my dictations with a short joke to my secretary for a bit of fun.
The support Ive received from the staff has been overwhelming. I have regular (non-work) conversations with partners at the firm, proving that the rhetoric of having an open door policy is actually true. I dont feel out of my depth at all because theres always someone there to give me a helping hand and to assist.
Whats next for me well I have a few graduate recruitment events to attend, which will take me back a few years where students will be hanging on my every word. I will be explaining to them what commercial awareness means, when I help out at a university commercial awareness evening.