We recently caught up with Megan, a Trainee at WFW, to hear more about her journey into the sector...
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your journey into law.
I studied Law at the University of Birmingham. I didn’t have any previous experience in Law and I didn’t know anyone who practiced Law but I liked the idea of being a solicitor. Whilst at university I attended various career talks, law fairs and induction days. I gained a place on a first-year insight scheme which I really enjoyed. In my third year, I began applying to Vacation Schemes and I was offered a Training Contract from my one at WFW.
What is your role and how long have you been at WFW?
I am a first-year trainee in my second seat currently sat in Project development and construction. I sat in Assets & Structured Finance for my first seat.
How did career resources like Bright Network help you secure your role?
When researching firms I used career resources like Bright Network to gain a better understanding of what each firm had to offer. I knew I had an interest in energy and also wanted to work on cross-border transactions (with the hope of being able to travel internationally) and career resources helped me narrow down my search to a few firms that fit this criteria.
What top tips would you give members wanting to apply?
Make sure to complete research into a firm before applying and tailor your application to each firm. When working out whether you’re the right fit, it’s important to consider what else a firm has to offer in addition to their practice areas. Firms can offer a range of different things to get involved in such as sports team, pro-bono and network groups.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Talk to as many people as you can who work at the firm to really get a feel for the atmosphere. If you attend a Vacation Scheme, chat to Trainees and Associates, go out of your way to socialise. These are the people you will be working with every day (and occasionally into the night) so you want to make sure you enjoy the environment.