Oliver Bradbear- 1st Year

When I turned nineteen I had nothing to my name except some less than satisfactory A-level results, an empty CV and a lack of direction in life. I realised I had two choices; I could either follow in my father’s footsteps, get a nine till five job and die of boredom slowly, or spend the next few years working towards attending the best University in the South West. Two months later I had both full-time employment and voluntary duties, within a year I had an unconditional offer to study Law at the University of Exeter. 

I knew my academic achievements were not the best representation of my abilities, so to compensate for this I volunteered at Citizen’s Advice as a telephone advisor. My time there allowed me to meet a wide range of inspirational people, as well as give something back to the local community and develop the skills needed to study Law significantly. While I now had substantial voluntary experience, I needed to support myself, both in the immediate future and when I started at University. To do this, I took a job at a leading gambling company and worked my way up to the level of Assistant Sales Manager within six months of starting. I could write that the hours were long and repetitive, or that most the customers were memorable for all the wrong reasons, but I feel that without this experience I would not be the person I am today.  If I had gone straight to University, or committed to a career path directly after Sixth Form, I would not have considered what I want from life as much as this job allowed me to do. It sharpened my direction in life and reassured my convictions of studying Law at the University of Exeter. 

The number one thing to remember when starting on mypathtolaw is not to worry about rushing things. While you might not feel prepared to start now, you don’t have to be – the Law is open to everyone, be them eighteen or forty-eight. There’s no shame in taking a year or two to improve or find yourself, good things come to those who wait. The pathway to Law isn’t a direct route from point A to B; it doesn’t matter which way you take or how long it takes you, the end result will be the same.