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Law graduate Nicola Highland currently works as a paralegal in commercial property. She is studying the Graduate Fast-track Diploma with CILEx Law School to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive.
When I finished my a-levels and decided not to go straight to university I got a job as an office junior in a local law firm. While working there I learnt to touch type and was promoted to a secretarial role.
A careers advisor suggested law to me when I was trying to decide what to do for Sixth Form. It turned out to be good advice, because I found that I really enjoyed it and got an A in my A Level. I went on to study law at Teesside University and achieved a 2.1. Like most law students I thought this would lead me to becoming a solicitor, but gradually I realised that the shortage of training contracts was going to make this unlikely.
After finishing college where I had studied performing arts and music, and not knowing what I wanted to do, I took a job managing a bar. When the unsociable hours became too much I started looking for an office job to get some experience in a different field.
Ever since I was young I wanted a career in law and studied Law at A Level before going on to do a degree in Law with Criminology at Southampton Solent University.
I graduated in Law from John Morris University and began working as a graduate clerk while looking for a training contract. I always seemed to just miss out on being offered a contract and in the meantime I got work as a graduate clerk before taking up a post as a paralegal with Weightmans LLP.
There's a video of me when I was about 11 and I said wanted to be a solicitor. My parents had just bought a house and we'd been to the solicitor's office and I was really interested in it all. However I obviously forgot all about that when I decided to study Media Studies with French at Sussex University.