How has working as at Hilton given you transferable skills for working as a solicitor?
‘Working in hospitality is a true blessing in disguise! The key skills in hospitality are communication and the ability to work in a team. These transferable skills are highly valued in the legal field. The ability to adapt to a new environment and being able to communicate effectively has many benefits – such as being able to take on a case where the claimant is not familiar with the technical language. Being able to communicate on the same level as the claimant not only helps to form a rapport, but the case is able to move forward without any communication issues.’
‘I didn’t mention them over the fear I was not showing my passion for law.’
What did you do in your previous vacation scheme or training contract applications to law firms that you think caused you to not get an interview?
‘I was more worried about the quantity of the applications than the quality of them. This meant I had numerous uncompleted application forms, and those which were completed were followed by bland and generic answers.
Also failing to focus on my non-legal work experience and the transferable skills that I have gained over time did not help. Whilst in university I was a secretary for the Women’s Committee where we organized and held monthly talks and lectures about domestic violence or disabilities, started a charity, Sisterhood of Light, with my friends and took part in many sports societies. As these weren’t exactly ‘legal’ experiences, I didn’t mention them over the fear I was not showing my passion for law.’
‘Then apply that feedback to new applications.’
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What one piece of advice would you give aspiring lawyers about how to handle rejection from applications?
‘Rejection is tough no matter how big or small the firm. Every rejection is a set-up for a bigger comeback. After the first rejection, let others view your applications and ask them for their opinions, for any further improvements or for a simple application check. Then apply that feedback to new applications.
Another key thing to remember is to always have a positive outlook – you are not alone. Dealing with rejection with a positive attitude makes the whole process move a little faster and moving forward only means newer learning opportunity and lessons learned from this rejection.’