Securing a highly sought after training contract with a law firm means the sky’s the limit for legal eagle Temujin Erdene-Ochir.
The 20-year-old fought off tough competition to secure a prestigious training contract with leading law firm, Curzon Green Solicitors.
He is graduating from the University of Wolverhampton’s Faculty of Social Sciences with a First Class LLB (Hons).
Temujin, from Mongolia, says: “Being able to obtain a training contract was surreal. I never thought I would be able to do so, as everyone told me that it was near impossible, especially with the increase in law graduates in recent years. But I never gave up and was able to find a work experience opportunity at Curzon Green Solicitors. Although I had not completed the Legal Practice Course like the other candidates, I was able to show my way of approaching problems and solving them. I was later contacted by the firm and could not believe that they offered me a position at their firm.”
Temujin decided to apply to Wolverhampton after attending a university fair in Mongolia and being impressed by the family feel described by the University’s representative.
He explains: “As an international student it was very hard to leave my country, family and friends for the first time. I had to become accustomed to the different culture and custom in the UK. In the end, this was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I truly found myself from living alone and being in an unfamiliar environment.
“I was surprised by how much the University really tried to help me. The lecturers at the University of Wolverhampton would always be open for discussion and ready to give advice. The Workplace at the University was also extremely helpful before my training contract interview by providing a mock interview at short notice. There are all sorts of help provided, which really helped me during my studies.”
Temujin has these words of wisdom for students following in his footsteps: “As cliché as it sounds, never give up on what you want. Although it may seem improbable to achieve, nothing is impossible if you really work hard for it.
“In my second year I did not believe that I would be able to get a first in my studies and was expecting a 2:1, but I studied extremely hard in my third year and was able to get very good results. I did not believe I could get a training contract and mostly applied for paralegal and administrator positions, but I was able to find work experience at a firm and go on from there.
“But most importantly, you are supposed to enjoy university life, so find a balance between your work and fun. The skill that helped me the most was managing my time and scheduling my obligations accordingly.”