There are always pro bono work opportunities
Have confidence in yourself.
Perseverance is key. I applied to Freshfields three times before I was offered a training contract. Just because you’re rejected by a law firm doesn’t mean you’re not suited to a career in law. Don’t feel like a failure. Ask for feedback and stay in touch. People are busy, so be proactive.
Freshfields expects enthusiasm.
You’re not expected to know everything, but you do need a positive attitude and a willingness to get your hands dirty. Trainees should be willing to put their hand up and be as proactive as possible.
One personal milestone for me
was working with colleagues to start the APSA (Asian/Pacific/South Asian) UK Network. Our D&I team has been very supportive and I am very excited to be part of this new initiative, in line with our new firmwide D&I goals.