Current employer: Duncan Lewis
Current job title: Immigration Caseworker
Current location: South London
“The University offers so many opportunities which I think I took for granted, and only really appreciated them in my second and final year. Looking back, I would have liked to have been part of the law society or netball committee but I didn’t think I’d have time and I didn’t want my studies to suffer. In hindsight, I could have just been more organised.”
What was the most difficult thing you faced finding a job?
A lot of firms want you to have already taken the LPC, which limited my options. I didn’t want to work within corporate law which limited me further. Applications take a long time to complete, but they are worth the time and are good practice. Don’t be disheartened when you don’t succeed the first time, I applied to lots of firms before I was offered a job.
What is the best, most exciting or fun thing that you have done in your career (or that you’re most looking forward to)?
I’m looking forward to learning more about an area of law that is currently so topical. I know every day will never be the same, and I’m excited to meet new people and hear their experiences.
What, if anything, would you have done differently at university?
I wish I had been more involved in my first year, when I had the time. The University offers so many opportunities which I think I took for granted, and only really appreciated them in my second and final year. Looking back, I would have liked to have been part of the law society or netball committee but I didn’t think I’d have time and I didn’t want my studies to suffer. In hindsight, I could have just been more organised.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get into the same line of work?
Research. This type of law is changing constantly so you need to keep on top of any new legislation. More importantly, don’t believe everything you read in the news. The media portrays immigration in a negative way and never writes an article on the benefits or just how hard it is to stay in the UK. Also, if you can, I strongly suggest taking the immigration and asylum module. It will give you vital basic knowledge and a slight head start.
How did studying at Plymouth help you?
Plymouth has helped me to become more confident in myself and in my abilities as a law student. I am fortunate to have been offered invaluable opportunities and I have learned a lot about myself as an individual. I have developed various new skills which have been imperative when competing against hundreds for a job.
Would you recommend undertaking a course with the University of Plymouth, and why?
Definitely. Looking at other universities, Plymouth is one of a select few that offers a lot of support and one-on-one guidance. Many lecturers at other universities don’t know their students by name. The University offers so many opportunities, like the law clinic, which is a great added extra to put on your CV which many of your competitors won’t have.