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LPS alumni engage students in inspiring discussions during careers fortnight

Careers in Law alumni panellists

Alumni advise students during networking session

Over 40 Sussex graduates revisited campus to share their career stories and top advice with more than 650 students during this year’s annual Make it Happen! fortnight.

Organised jointly by the Careers and Employability Centre and the Development and Alumni Relations Office, the 2018 Make it Happen! fortnight gave hundreds of current students the opportunity to learn from, and network with, alumni speakers.

Focusing on seven different industry sectors, alumni delivered inspiring talks and shared insights into how to pursue one’s desired career at ‘Careers in …’ panel events.

Careers in Law saw five alumni providing insights into a range of legal professions: Jeffrey Chapman QC, Fountain Court Chambers Barrister; Stephanie Solomon, UK Home Office Advocate; Tom Neilson, Milbank Associate; Oliver Temple, CMS Associate Solicitor; and Toby Ney, Taylor Wessing Trainee Solicitor.

Former students talked about the importance of voluntary work experience, and highlighted the fact that one should be open-minded and benefit from every job opportunity that arises. As well as discussing career highlights and recruitment processes, the panellists also offered some valuable advice on how to tackle some of the most pressing issues and challenges faced by legal professionals in the workplace.

Stephanie Solomon advised: “Have balance  ̶  work hard but do what you love and take time out for things you enjoy also! Own what makes you different, what makes you stand out; make connections and keep an eye on the news  ̶  it’s relevant!”

Students enjoyed listening to the amusing anecdotes and career stories of Sussex graduates, who shared their diverse range of experience and enabled them to expand their skills and ideas: "I enjoyed finding out about the different careers alumni have pursued, and it was relieving to hear that we shouldn't be constrained by pre-university failures!".

The panel session was followed by stimulating conversations between the attendees over nibbles, and students made the most of their opportunity to speak to panellists individually through asking questions and giving out their CV’s.

If you would like to be considered as a future Make it Happen! alumni panellist, please email

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By: Maria Andreou
Last updated: Thursday, 12 April 2018