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Charlie Warren: The importance of positivity

Hello, I am Charlie, a first-year History student from the University of Birmingham. Personally, I am currently undecided on my career path, with law being one of a number of options. After connected through law asked me to write this, I thought it would be a good opportunity to show others that not having a sole career direction is okay, and honestly, quite normal.



About me

My journey to University has been quite tough - from a high achiever academically and on the sports pitches, an unfortunate illness in 2nd year of A Levels took away 6 months of my learning. This forced me to halt my medical career aspirations as the 4 A Levels I were taking were too taxing on my health meaning I had to drop Chemistry (and I haven’t been able to play sport properly since *sad face*). This, leaving me with a somewhat unusual A Level mix of History, Maths and Biology, made me very unsure of my future. What did I want to do with my life? Why was this happening now? Why me?


Looking back at it now, the uncertainty and worry it caused me is quite amusing. Fast forward 12 months and I have achieved AAB at A Levels (after 6 months of A2 content missed) and am on track for a 2:1 in my first year at University. The last 12 months have taught me a lot, and without the setbacks I would not be writing this today. Now, onto my time at Uni…


University and Covid-19

The first year has been a bit of a rollercoaster. Quite honestly, I picked this degree because I enjoyed the subject, it looked quite easy, Birmingham was a decent University and I could probably have some fun. When Uni was halted by COVID-19 it obviously came as a bit of a shock. From past experiences I then realised, turning negatives into positives is what sets you apart from the rest. As such, the last few months I have been devoting a portion of my time to try and understand what I actually want to do with my life.


Sometime in March I remember sitting down to watch the Baker McKenzie recruiter, Lizzie Arthey, on a virtual Q&A (I could find the notes for it probably!). I had no expectations at all. Then, within the hour I had basically been sold a career in law. From that moment I have watched many more webinars, I have been in contact with lawyers from a variety of backgrounds, talked to Facebook and Google employers, the list goes on and on… This has made me realise that no concrete plan is fine, you just need to make the best of every situation. I cannot safely say I want to do law yet, but I have learnt a lot: learning, gaining confidence, networking, helping a non-profit organisation, and content writing. And hopefully this personal development will continue until one day I know what I actually want to do…


I do not know if I will make it into law yet. However, hopefully this has shown others that you can recover from setbacks and can still be unsure on your own career path. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of lockdown and have a good summer!

Charlie

LinkedIn - Charlie Warren https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-warren-1bb874199/

Instagram - @workwithcharlie

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