A partner with a successful law firm is advising young people not to worry if they don’t have a career path mapped out by the time they leave school.
Lauren Wright, of Wink & Mackenzie Solicitors in Elgin, dropped out of school in S6, but within seven years of joining the law firm, after graduating from university, has made partner.
“My honest advice to young people thinking about future careers is don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to do when you leave school. I am sure that I disappointed people when I dropped out of school and felt like I had messed my future up but it wasn’t too late to turn everything around.”
Lauren attended Elgin High School and left in 2001 with one Higher. Not knowing what she wanted to do, she initially moved to England and worked in Pizza Hut.
On her return to her home town of Elgin and at the age of 21-years-old, she returned to her old school and gained a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers.
“Even at that point, I still didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but after discussions with my guidance teacher, I opted for law. I had a chat with one university that told me they wouldn’t even consider me as I had not managed to obtain my Highers first time round, but this just made me all the more determined to go there. I applied anyway and got into that university.”
Lauren achieved a First Class Honours degree in Law in 2010 and then went onto complete a Diploma in Legal Practice in 2011, both at the University of Aberdeen.
She did various work placements with different law practices over the summer holidays from university and was offered a Traineeship with Wink & Mackenzie in 2011 at the age of 26.
“I started as a trainee solicitor, then progressed to associate solicitor and in 2018 became a partner. I really enjoy my job, especially helping clients with their Wills and dealing with complicated succession matters. I also practice conveyancing (buying and selling houses) and enjoy seeing clients happy to be getting keys to their new home. ”