18 Jul Southwark Law Centre – Haleemah Farooq
Company: Southwark Law Centre
Course studying: Law with Criminal Justice
Year of graduation: 2019
A brief outline of my role…
I was an office admin with reception duties. I met and greeted clients, took bookings and made detailed attendance notes. I occasionally sat in on client meetings concerning immigration, housing and welfare benefits, and employment.
Why I loved working here…
I really appreciated the opportunity of working at Southwark Law Centre and I was fortunate enough to gain other work experience through networking. I obtained two days of work experience at Herbert Smith Freehills by utilising network opportunities, and I met the likes of Judge Lafferty. SLC were happy to take me back for one day a week but my schedule prevented me from taking up this opportunity, unfortunately.
My proudest achievement/experience in this role…
I am visually impaired and I do not have much sight in either of my eyes. I don’t like reading in front of people because I have to zoom in to the text which leaves awkward pauses in my speech. I am happy to say that I read a whole statement to a client, and this experience has really helped my confidence.
How I have developed professionally since working here…
My time keeping is now second to none. I traveled to Peckham every day from Slough – I saw the face of four stations every day – getting to work on time required so much organisation.
Advice I would give to students wanting to work in this sector…
- Throw yourself at every opportunity you get.
- Be confident in yourself and talk to those around you.
- Take charge of your life, talk to those in your office, don’t sit and wait till the clock hits 5.