“My wife is Brazilian, my father is Greek, and my mother is Aboriginal.”
I am the principal solicitor at my firm AMK Law.
I knew I wanted to be a lawyer from an early age. I was drawn to it because of the influence I believed lawyers wielded, and their ability to prevent others from being pushed around. I liked the idea of being able to take a strong stand and defend my views.
After high school I did a double degree at Flinders University – Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice & Bachelor of Commerce. As part of my university study, I had to get my Practical Legal Training (PLT) done. This is a final step that teaches law students the practical side of working in law: dealing with clients, business aspects, administration and record keeping requirements. Continue reading
“You have to prove yourself as a young lawyer. You have to show that you’re not overly emotionally involved, that you’re tough and you’re switched on.”
I am a lawyer.
My dad is a lawyer, so I’ve always been fascinated with his work. I loved legal studies at school, so after high school I went straight into law at Deakin University to follow in my dad’s footsteps. I did a double degree in Commerce and Law, which was great for me, as the Commerce aspect broke up the tediousness of the law subjects.
Studying law was a lot tougher than I imagined; memorizing cases and learning how to apply principles in case law and sections within legislation to facts. Continue reading
“When it comes to application time, people go into a frenzy, pumping out dozens of resumes and applications.”
I am a first-year lawyer at Hunt & Hunt Lawyers.
Even though I grew up around law, with my father and some other family being lawyers, I wasn’t 100% set on law as a kid. But I started doing Legal Studies in year 11, which got me hooked. Law controls so much of our lives, if you think about it: it governs the way people interact, how business is run – even how the country is run.
Because I didn’t have the marks to get straight into a Law degree, I decided to do a Bachelor of Legal Studies at Latrobe. It’s related to law, but more as a sociological study of law, which I thought would be interesting. Continue reading
“It was my lucky break: ass, not class!”
Having sold my car dealership business, I am currently semi-retired, working on various property development projects.
From early childhood, I developed a drive to earn money. My dad and I lived in a one bedroom apartment, and instead of a car, he had a motorbike with a sidecar. We’d go camping, with our little old tent wedged between the bike and the sidecar, and I noticed other families arriving with cars and trailers, and bigger tents. We’d go walking and I’d note the lavish holiday homes we encountered.
All these things triggered something in me, and I became very materialistic from a young age, a trait that guided much of life – perhaps not for the best. Continue reading
“You have to be fast, you don’t want to be the one causing a hold up.”
I am a concrete patcher.
When I left school, I wanted to do forensic science. But at the time, I was under the impression that forensics was only done by the police and that they didn’t have a lot of spots to take people in, so it was hard to get into. I kind of missed that opportunity.
Instead, I started a diploma in electronics and did it for a year. I liked electronics, but this was geared towards TV repairs, which wasn’t really what I wanted to do, so I didn’t end up finishing. Continue reading
“I might have actually helped to save a life through one of the safety messages I created.”
I am a writer, currently working as a Communications Advisor at the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR).
My family emigrated to Australia 25 years ago, when I was eight. From an early age, I enjoyed writing and literature. An early success that I can remember was winning a spelling contest in primary school, having been in the country for only 6 months. So it was nice to know that I’ve got a strength in a particular area. Continue reading
“If you need to, sell your blood. But never stop your child from attending school”.
I am a Library Officer (Digital Collections) Copyright, Digitisation and Repositories at the RMIT University in Melbourne.
My life was full of struggle since childhood. I was born in Bangladesh. My parents never encouraged me to go to school due to an extreme poverty in family; there was no food to eat every day, no money to buy study materials, pay school fees. I had to help my parents with farming to survive, and often my mother would tell me off for taking the time to study. Continue reading
“Your point of difference might be that you’re always available.”
I am a finance broker.
In high school, like most people, I had no idea what I wanted to do. Finance was the furthest thing from my mind. I graduated with marks that weren’t lousy, but weren’t great, either. I did a legal studies course at RMIT, thinking it may be a pathway to a law degree.
That didn’t quite work out. I started doing temp jobs at various law firms. Basically, I was carrying folders and filing for barristers. It was boring. Continue reading
“Wealth building happens outside of the 9-5”
I am a property investment coach.
I wasn’t a very good student in high school, mostly because I had a very difficult relationship with my parents: we didn’t get on at all. Home life was a constant struggle, which overflowed into my school life. I barely graduated.
After school, I went straight to the army for my compulsory military service. I didn’t like the army either. I mean, it’s not like I was expecting to get a nice ‘thank you’ – I realized I was doing my duty – but the commanders went out of their way to abuse and humiliate us, which cut too close to the bone, reminding me of home. Continue reading
“And the more I looked at it, the more I saw: yes, it is a winner! It’s genius!”
I run a RAMS Home Loans franchise.
In year 12, I had two different music teachers: one of them was horrendous and one was really good. So I decided there should be more good music teachers in the world, and I would become one of them. I liked music enough, and didn’t know what else to do with my life, so that seemed like a good idea.
I did a year and a half of a primary school teaching course, which ended up being a disaster. Whilst I was OK at the academic part of it, I found out during the practical components that I was no good with kids! After failing the teaching round, I left and joined my dad’s business, installing electronics like security systems, antennas and home theatre systems. Continue reading