Name: Nicholas Davies
Position: Trainee solicitor
University: Newcastle University
Hobbies: Playing 5-a-side football, running my part time business and playing the piano.
Current department: Property
Number of TC applications made and interviews attended: 65 training contract applications and 10 interviews attended
Why did you decide to train as a solicitor?
I wanted a career that always has new challenges. Already I have been given complex issues and the satisfaction over solving these problems is what makes a career in law worthwhile. I wanted a career that always kept my interest and being a solicitor does this by exposing you to different clients in a broad list of industries and businesses. Job progression is key for my future and the legal profession offered the opportunity to rise up through the ranks.
What were the biggest challenges you faced when trying to secure a training contract?
The biggest challenge was organising my time to balance the GDL with applying for training contracts. Every application must be near perfect and some are more like dissertations than a job application. With so many applications sent off each year you can see how it takes up valuable study time.
Motivation can also be a challenge as the more rejections you get the more you start doubting yourself for a career in law. However, luckily I stuck at it and it paid off.
What was the toughest training contract interview question you were asked (at any firm) and how did you answer?
Q: I see you studied modern encounters in world history at university. So tell us what interested you about this topic?
A: How do I know – it was in my first two months at university! I would be concerned if I did remember what interested me about that topic.
Tell us a bit about the type of work handled by the department you’re in at the moment…
At the moment I am working on a few residential properties and the development of a solar park in Stafforshire.
What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?
The most enjoyable aspect is the variety of work, I deal with many different projects every week which keeps things fresh.
What about your job didn’t you expect before you started?
I didn’t expect to be given so much responsibility. Although this can be stressful, I am learning fast and it will benefit me greatly in the long run.
Who’s the most recent email in your inbox from, and what’s it about?
An email from HMRC. It is about stamp duty land tax on a property we have just completed.
Where’s the best place to go to get your office’s gossip?
There is no gossip as the majority of people’s private lives are discussed at the office for everyone to hear – we don’t keep secrets from each other.
Describe your training partner in three words.
Intelligent, compassionate and hardworking.
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).
- I drink too much
- I own a Ferrari
- I don’t like raisins.
If you had not decided to become a lawyer, what career would you have chosen?
An army officer
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in law?
I would advise them for research the profession in thorough details and try and get some work experience to decide if it’s the career best suited to them. Also be prepared for a rough ride as training contracts are not easy to come by. However if you persist and gain enough experience it, opportunities will come their way.