I would advise university students to take up holiday jobs and job shadowing in the field of your interest. This will also provide you with an advantage when seeking employment.
In what way does your qualification relate to your work, whether directly or indirectly?
The main focus of my practice is constitutional, human rights and administrative law. My undergraduate degree broadened my understanding of society, agents of change and the impediments to social justice. My postgraduate degree in law is of course immensely as valuable and practical and directly related to my current practice as an advocate.
What are the key skills that have contributed to your success thus far?
Good writing and research skills, research, patience, perseverance, punctuality and the ability to stand firm in the face of opposition.
What are your day-to-day activities?
Court appearances, legal drafting, consultation with clients, researching various aspects of the law.
Do you have any advice for a new graduate entering the world of work ( e.g. how to develop skills while at university ?)
After completing three degrees I immediately found myself in a high pressured job which was quite demanding as researcher and adviser to the first Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Ginwala. I realised at that time that while I had technical and theoretical knowledge, I lacked practical hands-on experience. I would advise university students to take up holiday jobs and job shadowing in the field of your interest. This will also provide you with an advantage when seeking employment.