I am a driven individual who strives to excel and learn from everything I do. On graduating university I hope to practice as a solicitor.
I am passionate, driven and ambitious. I excel at time management - maintaining a part time job in which in busy seasons such as Christmas I work up to 20 hours on top of my degree and extra-curricular commitments. I am a good leader - I supervise new starters at my job and was on the leadership panel of the YMCA's Youth Action Team in Darlington for which I won a Vibe community award. Additionally I earned one of these for excellence in learning. This year I will get greater experience as the Pro Bono Society's Media Relations Officer - in which I will promote the society and help recruit new members - and as a Team leader on one of its umbrella projects - the Innocence Project. Being part of the Innocence Project has taught me how to work as part of a team to proceed with case management and investigating a case with the hopes of referring it back to the CCRC as we have had to learn to work as part of both a large team of 30 and smaller teams of 4 or 5 and integrate each others work.
BHS, Sales Associate, Durham
October 2010 to present
I was responsible for: dealing with enquiries at the customer service desk ; sales work on the tills and shop floor ; cashing up ; maintaining stock levels.
Retail work has increased my personal initiative and promoted commercial awareness due to observing business decisions about what to stock where to maximise sales. I have gained customer support, client contact and communication skills through resolving customers' queries. I have learnt to deal with stressful situations caused by difficult customers, potential thefts and being short of staff members. I am trustworthy, carrying out responsibilities such as cashing up and filling out occurrence reports. I have expanded my IT skills through use of computerised tills and stock ordering systems. Finally I have gained sales skills by selling credit cards and products on the floor.
Durham University Pro Bono Society, Student, Durham
September 2010 to present
Innocence Project Durham
Participating in the student run innocence project has greatly improved my knowledge of the legal system, particularly the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Working as both a larger group and a smaller team has taught me co-ordination skills. Furthermore, working with a barrister has given the team a greater insight into how to effectively establish case management and analyse evidence. Filing witness statements, evidence and police schedules has honed my organisational skills and by going through witness statements with a fine toothcomb I have gained analytical skills. Working as a team on our assigned case to try and determine whether we can find new appeal grounds which have a realistic chance of success will give me invaluable skills I could apply in practice.
BHS, Sales Associate, Darlington
October 2008 to September 2010
Weekend Sales Associate
Nottingham Magistrates Court, Work Experience, Nottingham
April 2010 to April 2010
I shadowed the District Judge on his cases and got to sit in on youth cases too.
Durham Tees Valley Probation Trust
August 2009 to August 2009
Shadowing the in house solicitor has developed my formal communication skills through reading & drafting briefs to counsel at Old Court Chambers. I have learnt further client contact skills through observations, particularly the importance of confidentiality. Finally filing has improved my organisation skills and visiting court has taught me how to adapt to a different working environment with its own etiquette.
Punch Robson Solicitors, Work Experience, Middlesborough
August 2009 to August 2009
I shadowed a junior solicitor in the company on her court case and client appointments.