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Robert Iatan: Sport, languages and family - a journey into law

Hi there, my name is Robert Iatan, and I am a first year law student at the University of Leicester. As for my background, I was born in Romania however I have lived in the UK from the age of 10. I am the first person in my family to go to university, having gone to comprehensive schools throughout secondary.

Other than languages, I am also a sports fan, mostly football, but also American football. I support Wolves, who were doing quite well this season. It’s a shame we had to suspend the season. Otherwise, I think we could’ve won the Europa League. We’ll just have to wait and see if they void the season entirely. Also Premier League while you’re at it, can you have a look at VAR as well?

The reason why I chose the legal sector is because the law has an all-encompassing role in the way that our society works, and there are a lot of options available for someone who has a legal mindset. Neither of my parents come from professional backgrounds, and I knew that if I wanted to succeed in the UK, I needed to go into a professional career. I intend to go into commercial law, as I have had an interest in business and the financial sector for a number of years, and I feel like I can combine the mindset developed by studying law with that interest.

For me, the biggest inspiration to succeed and persevere is my mum. She came to this country with little English, and after 8 years in a foreign country she has improved her English and has gained a managerial position in a sector she loves, whilst at the same time dealing with raising two children. She inspires me because she never stops fighting to do better for her family and to improve whatever situation she finds herself in. If she can do it, so can I. Coming to the UK not only gave me the opportunity to enter into a profession which I might not have been able to in my home country, but it also gave my mum the chance to shine.

I’m only a first year, so I can’t offer you much advice on assessment centres or law firm applications, but one thing I have learnt is that what makes the world tick are the relationships that people forge. Networking might sound like a scary concept, and no one does it perfectly at first, so don’t worry about it. If it doesn’t feel natural, then come up with a strategy, or maybe indulge in free wine until you stop feeling anxious (joking but not really, please don’t go overboard). In all seriousness, the relationships you make at networking events will help you so much in the future. ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ is real, so reach out to that first degree. You never know where the chain of relationships will lead you.

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