she says. “This was a fantastic opportunity to enhance my legal experience which is essential if you want to obtain that elusive training contract.”
From the very start of her career, Megan’s dream was always to gain a training contract with Weightmans LLP, however, training and working for a top 45 law firm, she knew that competition would be fierce. With support from LJMU’s careers team and sheer hard work and dedication, Megan’s dream came true in 2014 when she was awarded her training contract and was one of the highest scoring UK candidates at Weightmans LLP. Megan commenced her training contract in September 2016.
Accepting an internal transfer to the commercial insurance team, Megan began to work with other patron clients at the firm. “My advice is to show flexibility and a willingness to adapt as much as possible in this industry,” she says. “It is vital not to ‘pigeon hole’ yourself at such an early stage in your career.” She later moved to the fast-paced motor team and gained invaluable experience of handling her own caseload.
“When I look back at the past five years I am so proud of how far I have come and what I have achieved,” smiles Megan. “There have been many exciting and, undeniably, challenging moments throughout my career to date. However, it is the dream and innate ambition which inevitably drives you to be where you want to be. I’m a great believer in the Japanese proverb: ‘Fall seven times, stand up eight’.
Not surprisingly, the hard work didn’t stop at Megan’s desk. A keen fundraiser, she became an active member of the Weightmans Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) committee. “I believe that everyone should contribute what they can, when they can, to those in need so choosing a law firm with similar values was really important to me,” she explains. “Weightmans are committed to driving CSR as much as possible to make a real difference.”
I can honestly say that postgraduate study at LJMU has taken me to where I want to be and given me the opportunity to pursue my dreams.”
Published on Dec 7, 2016