Career (last few ‘corporate’ roles/organisations, or your main or favourite):
Senior Associate, Competition and Consumer Law, Allens (since 2012)
Being a secondee referral lawyer at the Public Interest Law Clearing House (now Justice Connect) in 2011. Working on a High Court case in 2012 involving third party access under Part IIIA of the Competition and Consumer Act.
What was your first job?
Working at the checkout at Coles Supermarkets when I was 15.
How have the humanities helped you in your career?
I majored in French and English Literature at university.
In my experience, organisations look for high performing candidates from a range of disciplines including the humanities. Even if the subject matter is not directly relevant to the job description (in my case, gothic fiction and French New Wave cinema haven’t come up all that often in my commercial work), the skills you develop through a degree in humanities will be relevant to many jobs.
My humanities background helped me to develop strong skills in writing, research, critically analysing and interpreting documents and formulating arguments which can be supported by evidence. These are all skills that I needed to demonstrate that I was the right candidate for Allens’ graduate program and they are skills I use in my every day role as a competition and consumer lawyer. For example, when I advise a client on whether their proposed marketing campaign complies with Australian consumer laws, I need to critically analyse their marketing materials and suggest any changes to ensure that any claims made cannot be misinterpreted by consumers.
Why do you think the humanities matter today?
A degree in humanities provides you with knowledge, ideas, interests and networks that you can take with you through life. It also teaches you to think critically and to apply reason which is relevant not only for your professional life but also for understanding the political and cultural world around you.
What are you reading now?
Burial Rites, by Hannah Kent.