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Making the most of your new role

We understand that starting a new role early in your law career can be daunting and involve a steep learning curve. That doesn't mean it can't also be an enjoyable and transformative experience.

To help you maximise your time in a new team, we asked our Perth graduate cohort to share what they would do differently if they had their time as a clerk again. They've been in your shoes and have great clerkship tips to share.

  1. Remember you made it this far
    One of the most important things to remember is that you've made it this far. Securing a new role – whether work experience or a clerkship – is a significant achievement in itself, so take a moment to acknowledge this and recognise your hard work. The firm has made the decision to hire you and it knows you have the technical skills required. Now they just want to gauge what you’re truly like as a person, a colleague and a teammate.
  2. As cliched as it sounds – be yourself
    Diversity is a strength. Everyone brings different skills and perspectives to the table, which means different ways of connecting with clients, solving complex problems and innovating. So don't be afraid to be yourself. This will also allow you to see if the firm is the right fit for you.
  3. Have the right attitude
    Having a good attitude is essential to getting the most out of any new role. Focus on being resilient, flexible and willing to take on tasks you’ve never done before.
  4. Be 'in it together'
    'In it together' is one of Allens' values – something employees live and breathe through collaboration and working together. Make the effort to build connections with your peers (including those in different practice groups) and, in the case of work experience or clerkships, keep in touch even after you have moved on.
  5. Keep track of your work
    Compile a list of all the tasks you are given, taking note of who they are from and any feedback you receive. You'll be able to use this to log your work and achievements, and as a tool for further improving your skills.
  6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
    We all need to ask for help from time to time. Particularly now, with everyone working remotely, it's important to support one another in the work we do, implement strategies to encourage productivity and make an extra effort to remain socially connected. Give yourself permission to ask for help if you're unsure how to move forward with a piece of work and be open with your manager with how you're truly feeling.

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