Law LLB, 2010
Director of Strategy & Content, Industry Innovations
Please tell us how you came to work in the creative/digital industry field?
I fell into my career quite by accident. When I graduated from University, I took the path most law students take; I enrolled on the LPC at the College of Law, London and began the tortuous hunt for a Training Contract. However, I bucked the trend slightly by undertaking the LPC part-time over two years, and found a job as an Editor for legal know-how publishers, Practical Law in London.
This role gave me an amazing insight into the legal world. Essentially, my job was to interview the world’s leading lawyers and produce articles about the trends shaping the legal market. It was incredibly daunting for a 20 year old, fresh out of Uni, but I got to travel all over the world and meet some fascinating people. I completed my LPC in 2012 with two offers for Training Contracts. But after two years working as an Editor, I realised that my passion was really for writing and creativity, and so I turned both down and started down the path to where I am today. So far, I have very rarely looked back.
What is the best thing about your job?
The ability to provide commercial and potentially market-changing advice to businesses through the application of new technology and digital processes. In the digital world in which we now live and work, I feel privileged to be shaping the future.
How do you feel your law degree helped you?
Without my law degree I simply wouldn’t have the life I have today. Both the subject and the prestige of Exeter were the door openers for my first job, and this was the instigator for my career to-date. Not only was a law degree relevant to the market in which I was working, but the analytical nature and commercial mindset required of a law graduate prove invaluable to this day.
Do you have any advice for others looking to take a similar path?
My advice would be to explore the things you enjoy, not what you think will be lucrative. A law degree can be a stepping stone to any career, but what will put you in good stead for future success is the ability to apply genuine passion to a role. In my experience, and in the increasingly commoditised world we live in, people pay a premium for talent and enthusiasm.
Equally important is to keep one's options open. I have changed roles half a dozen times in as many years and this has kept me both at the top of my game and contented. In 2018, no career is forever, not least because of the pace of change necessitated by technological advancements, so I will always advise others to take a leap of faith or a risk. If it doesn’t pay off, it’s a learning curve and you can easily try again.