When I was travelling along the long and winding road of pursuing a Training Contract I often thought of myself on a journey, and making that journey in a car.
- The wheels were my academic and vocational qualifications- degree, LPC/GDL.
- The seats were my work experience and commercial understanding.
- The steering was my reasons for wanting to become a Solicitor.
- The CD player, surround sound, tinted windows and alloys, well those were all of my extra- curricular activities, skills and interests - the things that made me different and allowed me to stand out from others on the same road making the same journey.
Now everyone has the potential to be travelling in a Bentley, Ferrari or Rolls Royce - to be the first choice student that law firms want - the BEST CANDIDATE.
But Bentleys, Ferraris and Rolls Royce's, however great they might be, are not going to get anywhere without the petrol. The fuel to complete the journey. I needed the fuel for my Training Contract journey, for I thought that I was doing everything I possibly could do, but without the self- belief, the confidence and the persistance, you are unlikely to reach your Training Contract destination.
So, at times when I thought about giving up, I remembered that If I tried hard enough I could be a Bentley/a great application. I had the potential, I just needed to believe in myself and the confidence to make it happen!