I wanted to specialise in Employment Law and Middlesex was highly rated among the five universities offering the course.
I have always been interested in social rights and development, with employment being a major focus of mine. I also saw a niche for Employment Law back in my home country of Trinidad and Tobago.
The eclectic mix of students and the opportunity to choose non-employment courses that enhanced and added to a more holistic experience. I did Immigration and Human Rights.
Meeting new people with whom I have formed very strong professional bonds.
Without my course I would not have been the only Lawyer in my country with a degree in Employment Law and now the owner of my own boutique firm.
My biggest highlight to date was when I was accepted to do a PhD after the laborious process of applying to numerous institutions and writing and editing proposals, which took two years.
Continuous learning & networking have been crucial to me since I graduated. As a student I found that the best networking tools were through internships, seminars and being involved with a variety of career-related activities on and off campus.
A political career! I've realised that the only way to have an impact on changing my country (especially the employment climate) is to enter the political arena. A political career wasn't always my plan; as I've always been, and continue to be non-partisan, despite any superficial alignment.
I have drafted comprehensive employment legislation and I hope to eventually have it tabled in parliament by myself as Minister of Labour or by another parliamentarian with a progressive labour mind. Clearly, a political career for me was more opportunistic than anything, but it was definitely my legal background that created the political opportunity.
Maintain a professional image
Never stop learning and trying to advance yourself
Be patient. I probably would have gotten much further in life already if I had been more patient.