I was a late bloomer when it came to deciding my career path. I had done well in my GCSE’s but had no idea at that time what I wanted to do. I did various college courses, at one point thinking teaching may be the path for me and then business studies because it seemed like a “sensible option”. I then decided the police force was my chosen path- maybe I knew law of some sort was in my future, but not quite as it turned out to be. At the time I was too short to meet the height requirement so plans went on hold and I worked in retail waiting for inspiration. Then a trip to London on a cheap deal found me in a nice hotel I could not usually afford and sat at the bar ( drinking the cheapest wine on the expensive bar menu). The barman pointed out a man at the end of the bar ordering the most expensive whiskey they had that was being paid for on his “ expenses”. I asked who was paying and was told he was a lawyer and his work paid his bill…I had a flash of inspiration – this sounded like just the kind of job I could do, I could stay in nice hotels and run up expenses! So I called my mum and told her my idea, by the time I got home, my very large Irish family had been informed I was going to be a lawyer and well how could I disappoint?! It turns out stays in nice hotels drinking expensive alcohol is not a reality of a criminal lawyer’s life but I wouldn’t change it.