Today we speak to Helena Mistry, who is currently in her first year studying Law. They have made the most of every opportunity given to them whilst at university.
Hi Helena, it’s great getting to chat with you today! Tell us about the course you study & what a typical day is like for you?
I am Helena, and I am currently a first-year Law student. I have just completed semester one exams and now I am in semester two learning Contract Law, Criminal Law and Torts Law again but in much further detail. I also work at Belgravia solicitors on the weekdays. This job allows me to gain further insight into my chosen career and to work side by side with professionals. On the weekend, I volunteer at the Cancer Research store; taking on a Sales Assistant type role.
How many of our award levels have you completed & how long did it take for you to complete these?
I have completed Bronze; Silver and Gold and I am working on my Platinum right now. It hasn’t taken me that long to complete them because Coronavirus has provided me with a lot of free time which I have utilised wisely and I take part in a lot of activities.
Have you completed any work experience related to your course?
In the Summer of 2019, I also managed to attain a week’s placement at Walsall Magistrates Court where attended many trials. Last November, I participated in the Crown Prosecution Service’s digital work experience where I communicated with many solicitors/ barristers and learnt about the Magistrates and Crown court.
Currently, I work at Belgravia Solicitors as a legal intern; working in the Personal Injury department where I look after Client information.
If a new 1st year student wanted some advice on starting their Graduate+ award with us, what would you say?
I would advise my fellow students to utilise the free time that the virus has provided us, to motivate yourselves and participate in a variety of activities. Instead of procrastinating, maybe you could take up a new language or do some volunteering which could be one of your Graduate+ activities.
By participating in a variety of activities, you would easily be able to complete your Bronze Award and you have no rush to do them in because you have a couple of years to do them depending on how long your course is.
The most important thing I would say is to enjoy the activities and not just do it for the sake of it.
What is your favourite Graduate+ resource?
One of my favourite Graduate+ resources is the STAR technique. This is because it helped me structure my writing accordingly, otherwise I don’t think I would have explained my activities in detail.
Also, I liked the Graduate+ Award online sessions as they provided me with a lot of information on how to complete the award and told me what Graduate+ was all about.
Finally, Helena what does the future have in store for you? What are your plans now moving forward?
My plans are to complete this LLB with a placement year and maybe to get a masters. Then afterwards I would have the qualifications to become a solicitor and then move on to working in a firm or becoming a partner in a law firm.