More about Gabriella
"As part of my BA (Hons) International Business degree at Nottingham Business School, I completed a one year work placement, which I secured with Willis and Probate.
During year 1 and 2 of my degree, I made use of the Employability services to work through my CV and gain a solid template to adapt to future applications. I also attended interview workshops to practise my interview skills, and experience the process. Impressively, these sessions gained me CPD hour, which I was happy about.
I wanted to be as independent as I possibly could, and so didn’t ask for any help from NTU in securing my placement by myself, with no help from the university support platforms. Wanting to do the conversion course into Law after my International Business degree, I worked at a law firm for two weeks during the summer. I sent my CV to them in December, once I had returned from my Summer Study School at Monash University in Melbourne. The law firm got back in touch offering me a 6 months placement.
My placement tutor come to see me at the office to ask me questions about my time, and to make sure everything went well. If I ever needed anything from the university during my placement, I would just simply contact them.
I enjoyed the whole six months; I got to experience different departments from Conveyancing to Civil litigation to Wills and Probate. Furthermore, I was chosen to help with the marketing of the business. I created an office manual for the business, a how to guide for the everyday running of the business, but also the different softwares used on a daily basis. I was allowed to attend networking events for the business, which was an opportunity to taste networking. In my final few months, I was given the opportunity to train two new members of the firm which put not only my organisational skills to the test, but also communication and explaining our software procedures clearly.
Being in an office requires a lot of teamwork. We would have daily meetings to discuss what our plan was for the day and we would be in contact in emails
Make sure you put in 110% effort, you are there to make an impression and your end goal is to get a job. You reap what you sow, and the only person who can change your future is you, so show people what you’re made of.
Spending those 6 months in a law firm helped me decide that this is something I definitely want to do, and not many people can say they got the opportunity to work in a law firm without a law degree. If I achieve a 2:1 in my Law conversion course I will be offered a training contract at the law firm, so the hard work pays off.”