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Mentoring Q&A

Mentoring Q&A

By Law Institute Journal

Mentoring 


Mentor: Uppma Virdi. Why be a mentor? Being a mentor gives me the opportunity to give back to the community and help our next generation of lawyers. I’ve learned so much and met so many inspiring people who have mentored me in different ways. The support I give mentees ranges from advice on what it’s like to work in different legal environments, how to be creative with their law degree and the process of becoming a lawyer. It’s an extremely rewarding experience and I recommend more lawyers get involved with the LIV mentor program. How does your expertise/experience help? Being a young lawyer, I understand the struggles that students and graduates go through to get their foot in the door. I was lucky to get a lot of different experience in a variety of legal environments during uni. From private practice, CLCs, NFPs, small boutique to in-house at a top 100 ASX, I did whatever I could to gain legal experience and understand what I wanted to do. I’m a problem solver and enjoy turning negatives into positives. There are many students and graduates who get affected by the struggles and need some guidance, empowerment and friendship from experienced lawyers. Best advice given? Know what your goals are, then take baby steps each day to get to your goals. You’ll be one step closer every day to achieving your goal. Think of where you could be in a year. Who was your mentor? There have been many people who have been mentors for different aspects of my life – be it my business coach, other business owners, my manager at Clearpoint Counsel, an ex-colleague from a previous workplace, a friend or a family member. If someone is willing to give you time and support, you’d be silly not to take it. Uppma Virdi is corporate solicitor, Toyota Australia.

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