28 Nov Legal Intern: Will I be Snowed Under?
A couple of days ago I opened up an email from Absolute Internship which contained details about the business I would be working for in
Shanghai. The first three words, “Title: Legal Assistant” jumped off the page and it hit me that this was actually happening – that I would be working in the real world – with a real job and in a big city so unlike my home town. What have I got myself into?!
My name is Ellen Limerick and I have just completed my first year of Arts/Law at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. I’m majoring in Communication, Media and Cultural Studies. I’m 20 years old and I’ve lived in Brisbane my whole life. I love going to the beach on weekends (visiting the Sunshine Coast is a must if you’re ever in Australia!). I am a keen photographer. Art was my favourite subject at school. I’ve had a part-time job since the age of 13 because I like to be busy. My parents have always said that I don’t enjoy holidays because I hate having nothing to do! Currently I sell fashion accessories at a shop in Brisbane city. I enjoy chatting with customers. I’m the oldest child in my family and my brother and sister are in their teens so life at home isn’t short of fun, except when my sister steals my clothes.
I’m really looking forward to meeting lots of new people and making new friends from all around the world through Absolute Internship and through working at the law firm. I’m also excited to explore Shanghai and test out my Mandarin Chinese language skills.
It’s been about two years since I have strung together a sentence in Chinese, and I am very keen to reignite my passion for the Chinese language. Ever since I visited China on a school trip, I have wanted to return. Two weeks was nowhere near enough time to get to know the culture. This time I am determined to get to know it properly.
I am so excited to travel over to Shanghai to work as a legal intern, as I know this experience will complement my major and further my skills in the field of law. I am expecting that working in a law firm will be a challenge, considering that I have only completed one year of my law study. At times I may feel snowed under at work and at times I may feel like I am out of my comfort zone in Shanghai, but I am certain that it will all be worth it and I am excited to take on the challenge of working in a law firm and experiencing a foreign city. My dad always says that you can take something positive out of every experience. And my goal is to do just that.
Bring on Shanghai! I can’t wait to start this adventure.