It is a month now since I started life at Brodies as a trainee and the time has truly flown by. To say “Brodies trainee” is to imply a uniform group, but nothing could be further from the truth. Our ages cover a wide spectrum and we have widely different experiences and personalities.
I, for my part, have had a varied career: the initial high flyer in the food industry who converted to motherhood with equal vigour. As the kids grew taller, I grew restless to get back out and carve a different niche for myself. Law provided me with the opportunity to set myself a real challenge which would also enable me to re-enter the business world, which I so enjoyed before. Law also provided me with clarity; I finally realised what I wanted to be when I grew up…
At first I thought that my life experience would better equip me for such areas as family law, but I soon discovered that the “soft skills” I had developed could also prove commercially useful in addition to my previous business and marketing experience. I have been really lucky, therefore, to gain a seat in the Corporate team; I feel at home in the bustle of this dynamic department and am trying hard to absorb as much as I can from those around me, as well as from the training and work which I do.
Brodies seems to me to be a firm that is prepared to see me for all my skills and talents and I would say, looking at the rest of the trainee intake, that Brodies is not looking for corporate clones. This makes a lot of business sense, as our clients come from all sectors of industry and business and all have very individual requirements.
Law is definitely not an easy route to a second career, but it has me fired with enthusiasm and I am really looking forward to being challenged and making the most of the opportunities that lie ahead.
On September 3, 2013