Sian Winter graduated from the University of Warwick and is now a successful solicitor at Wooley & Co, a Divorce & Family Law Solicitors. Here, she describes how university shaped her career and also shares her experience of developing a career in this competitive sector, offering her tips for students who would like to work in the legal profession.
What made you decide to study Law?
I studied Comparative American Studies at Warwick and then when I graduated I decided to do the Post-graduate Diploma in Law at Guildford.
Why did you choose the University of Warwick?
I wanted to go to a campus university and I liked the campus and the staff in the history department. I also liked the fact that Warwick encourage students to spend a year abroad.
What was the best part of your time at the University?
The friends I made there and the opportunity to study overseas for year. I was lucky enough to study at UCLA in California for a year.
How did you get your first job?
I applied through College of Law library to various law firms in the locations I was interested in working. After several interviews I was offered 2 jobs and selected the firm that I felt best suited what I was looking for.
What advice would you give to students looking to secure their first job?
Use the college/university careers library and persevere!
What interview tips would you give current students?
Research the firm/company you are applying to. Have some questions ready to ask about the firm/company.
How can students write an application that stands out
Give it a personal touch. Highlight ancillary skills like IT which other applicants may not mention.
What entry routes would you recommend? How important is experience to becoming a Lawyer?
Work experience is important. There is more that one route into law and therefore consider all the options.
What’s your current role and what does it involve?
Family law. Divorce and financial arrangements following divorce or separation. Helping parents settle the arrangements for their children when they separate. Preparing pre and post nuptial agreements. Advising unmarried couples about property and assets when they separate.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
Working for Woolley & Co which allows me the flexibility of working from home where I can balance spending time with my 4 year son and continuing with my career.