At QC Legal, we take pride in investing in careers with care. We work with some of the brightest minds in the industry and connect them to the best opportunities on the best terms. As we continue to celebrate National Careers week, we caught up with James Fletcher, our Legal Recruitment Intern with a Q&A .
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a 23 year-old Law and Economics graduate from New Zealand. Although very much a Kiwi these days (with the accent to prove it), I am originally from the UK having grown up in Cardiff. I enjoy all things outdoors as well as socialising and meeting new people. Having recently completed a study abroad at Berkeley in California, I have found myself back in the UK after travelling through Europe for the past couple of months.
What were your career aspirations when you were younger?
Aside from the classic childhood dream of being an astronaut or a firefighter, I have been a bit tentative to restrict myself to a specific career path. With that being said, I have always had an interest in consulting and providing strategic advice to businesses with the goal of one day owning my own business.
What inspired you to work in this industry?
To be brutally honest, I initially chose to study Law because my older sister had studied it and because of the perception of law as a lucrative profession. As I progressed through my studies, I started to enjoy the challenge of looking at multi-faceted problems and formulating convincing arguments. An appealing aspect of law is that it is something that will always be progressing alongside society and this inherent dynamism is what has driven me to pursue a career in the industry.
What made you apply for an internship at QC Legal?
I saw the internship at QC Legal as a chance to build on my interpersonal and communication skills as well as gain an insight into the legal market in the UK. There is a likelihood that I will be returning in the future to practise here and the skills and tools learned here will be invaluable in that process.
What tasks do you carry out on a day-to-day basis at QC Legal?
Typically, I prepare interview confirmations for prospective candidates, structure and refine candidate CVs, and compose job advertisements for clients. As I gain experience and more knowledge of the market I will be communicating and meeting with candidates directly.
What skills have you developed at QC Legal thus far?
The directors at QC Legal have a wealth of skills and expertise that they encourage the rest of the team to learn. The ability to think critically under pressure as well as be creative in my thinking are among the list of things I want to master during my time here.
What advice would you give to young people in education who are thinking about pursuing a career in Law?
Keep up to date with emerging trends in the legal market and research firms that operate in the area you want to work in. Get involved in Law Societies and any community legal work as this looks great in your applications.
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