What they are looking for (part one)
There’s still something surprising about the glass award which sits on the shelf in my bedroom. I first entered the TARGETjobs Law Undergraduate of the Year Award scheme (sponsored by leading international law firm Mayer Brown) in 2009. At that time I didn’t even pass the first stage of the competition. I entered again for the second time (and during the final year of my eligibility) in 2011 and went all the way to win the award at a gala dinner in Canary Wharf. I’ve often asked myself therefore – what changed in those two years?
This blog post is intended to provide the reader with a better understanding of my background and an insight into some of the qualities, attributes and experiences I consider relevant to a winning candidate. I must, from the outset, emphasise the ‘I’ in that last sentence. I was invited to blog about the award by TARGETJobs and so cannot claim, with any degree of certainty, to know the minds of the award judges (senior partners at Mayer Brown). Nor do I intend to assert any kind of ‘winning formula’ here which Mayer Brown look for in a candidate. What follows are my own thoughts and my own suggestions about some of the qualities which you should consider before applying to the award scheme which, in many ways, mimics the application process for any vacation scheme or training contract.