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Mentoring Q&A

Mentoring Q&A

By Law Institute Journal


Mentor: Samantha Megenis Why be a mentor? I have had wonderful mentors both as a student and now as a practitioner and I think it is important to pay that forward and mentor younger people. I find it really rewarding to be able to share in their experiences and hopefully provide some helpful guidance where I can. How does your expertise/experience help? As a junior lawyer myself, I know what it is like to be a student entering the workforce and the challenges this can pose. I hope I can provide some perspective and relevant advice on how to manage that process and the options available to young lawyers. Best advice given? Don’t compare yourself to anyone else – just focus on working hard and doing the best job possible. Who was your mentor? I have had several, some I have met through a formal mentor program and others have developed informally over time. I have had one particular mentor since my first year of university who has been a great resource for me and I am grateful for her guidance and support. Samantha Megenis is a planning and environment lawyer at Minter Ellison. Mentee: Emma Sestito Why have a mentor? Mentoring is an invaluable opportunity to develop a relationship with a professional who shares similar interests to you, and has relatively recently been in your position. I am privileged to be able to bounce ideas off Sam, and to receive guidance – whether it be career related, or advice on tackling a research task at work. Best advice received? A career in law can take shape in multiple ways, many of which may be unexpected. It is important to allow for the play of chance and to be open minded. What are the arrangements? We meet for coffee every month to discuss career progression, the transition from studying to working in law, the varied paths open to law students, and the obstacles faced by women in the workplace. We also keep in contact via email and share good news with each other. Benefits achieved? I have developed a friendship with Sam, and have received guidance and support, which is greatly appreciated. Emma Sestito is a Juris Doctor student at Monash University and deputy associate at the Federal Circuit Court.

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