In the end, I chose law. I love criminal dramas because they’re all real-life cases that have been adapted slightly, and that really piqued my interest.
So, I decided I wanted to be a barrister. I knew it would be hard but rewarding. That’s why I took part in the Access Ashurst mentoring programme (even though none of my friends did!) and gaining connections from it has been amazing!
The best advice my mentor gave me was about checking modules for each degree programme. She told me to look carefully at what they’re actually teaching in the degree, and it was a revelation. That’s how I ended up choosing my university. I read the modules and thought I want to learn all those things! You have to like what you’re learning.
I got on really well with my mentor; she was the kind of person who got on with everyone. I’m a socially anxious person so I learned a lot from her by copying the way she initiated and carried on conversations. I’m grateful for her indirectly teaching me that.
Mentors are there to help you, it’s why they volunteered. If they don’t know the answer to your question, they’ll find someone who does. Mentoring will grow your connections and the skills you don’t even know you need.
If you lack confidence or social skills, mentoring is a great way to improve that, as well as helping you clarify your thinking and solidify your ideas.