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Mentoring Q&A

Mentoring Q&A

By Ana Percic & Michelle Cupples


Mentor Ana Percic Why be a mentor? Being a mentor gives you a sense of responsibility to the profession and inspires you to be a better lawyer. It’s also a way to give back, especially when you have had people in your early career who have helped you along. How does your expertise/experience help? Sometimes it’s not just about experience, but also listening to someone and talking through issues together, or helping them to clarify their own views. Best advice given? Prepare well. That’s the best advice I’ve been given and I happily pass it on. Wherever possible, prepare well and early. Who was your mentor? I feel that I have had many. I have a friend who has the same level of experience and who has always been a sounding board. And that’s good as you’re not shy about raising issues with a peer the way you might be with someone much older and wiser. And then I’ve also found a mentor in my principal Tony Burke who is much more experienced and has seen it all. He is always able to provide perspective, and a new way of seeing things. Ana Percic is an LIV accredited specialist in property law and associate at Burke & Associates Lawyers. Mentee Michelle Cupples Why have a mentor? A mentor can provide you with valuable advice to assist you with many things including professional development, providing guidance if you are considering a change in your career or just providing professional support when needed. Best advice received? The best advice I received from my mentor was to consider pursuing specialisation in my preferred area of practice. What are the arrangements? The arrangements are quite flexible and depend on needs. Meetings are around work hours. They are usually informal and may involve just a catch up for coffee. Benefits achieved? There are so many benefits from having a mentor. These include professional support, career advice, opportunities to discuss professional development and help to achieve your goals. Having a mentor also provides an opportunity to create new friendships. Michelle Cupples is senior associate at Lukaitis Lawyers.

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