Ayesha Faraj Al-Nuaimi, recent graduate of the University of Plymouth, joined the team at our Plymouth office for three days' work experience after being awarded the Most Enterprising Law Graduate Award at her graduation ceremony. The award is sponsored by Foot Anstey.
We spoke to Ayesha about what she got up to in her time with us:
Why did you decide to study law?
From the age of four to about sixteen I wanted to be a dentist. However, when I was completing my AS Levels, I changed my mind about this career path and my school's librarian suggested I look into studying Law. At first, I didn't know if I would have the grades to even get onto a Law degree but after some research, I decided to go for it, and I applied to Plymouth to study Law where I received an unconditional offer.
How did it feel to win the Most Enterprising Law Graduate Award?
I received the award at my graduation ceremony in February 2021. It took me completely by surprise as I didn’t expect it. I am honoured to have received such an accolade; it validated all the hard work I put into my degree alongside the extracurricular activity. Throughout my degree I participated, in mock trials and competitions for the University of Plymouth's Law Society, and I was secretary and careers officer for the Law Society. As well as this I worked with The Law Clinic's Refugee Family Reunion, this was an incredibly rewarding experience.
What have your work experience highlights been?
The biggest highlight for me has been to the opportunity to speak to employees, learn about the different teams and sectors, and experience the fantastic culture at Foot Anstey, from trainee to partner everyone was lovely, there has not been one time that someone did not come over and say hello to me.
On my first day, Ken Lewins, a Partner at the firm, took the time to sit down with me and discuss my future ambitions and answer my questions about the firm. This was great as I got to learn a lot about more about the business and get a real insight into what a career in law could look like.
Being involved in initiatives like the Most Enterprising Law Graduate Award for University of Plymouth, is just one example of how we're supporting local communities and access to legal careers in our region. It's been a privilege to offer Ayesha work experience with us, she showed great enthusiasm and talent. She should be extremely proud of herself for achieving the Most Enterprising Law Graduate Award and has a promising career ahead of her.Ken Lewins, Partner
What sort of projects have you helped on?
I assisted on research projects for the Corporate Team, Energy Team, and Projects, Infrastructure & Construction Team. Also, I've helped lawyers with legal enquiries and corporate deals for their clients. It's been a great learning experience for me.
What are your future ambitions?
I would very much like to progress within the legal sector!