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“What’s Your Story?” Competition
Deadline for entries 15th April 2016
Winning entry for our 2016 “What’s your story?” competition
Robert John Camm
Please tell us your story and illustrate at least three strengths that make you the “must have” future trainee solicitor or barrister’s pupil
My story was fairly straight forward until September 2013. I went to school, gained 12 A* GCSEs and 4 A levels at A* and A grade. I was a County level rugby player and gained medals rowing at National level. I had just enjoyed a gap year where I travelled, worked on a charitable project and taught English. Then I had a catastrophic road accident that left me paralysed from the neck down and requiring a ventilator for the rest of my life.
Despite this life-changing event I am driven to rebuild my life and achieve my goals of going to university and becoming a successful lawyer.
Determination: Exactly one year after my accident I started at Bristol University –in terms of speed of rehabilitation this is unprecedented. I had to completely master new technology in order to carry out research, write essays and plan and organise my studies. My examination results have been at the high 2:1 level (with the occasional first). In 2015 I was given a Rebuilding Lives Award by the Spinal Injury Association. Additionally I now work support others to use new technology and to adjust to their new lives.
I am been keen to push boundaries despite my disabilities – I took part in a Robotics Conference in Rome where I was the first tetraplegic ever to walk using a wearable robot controlled by my brain waves. This required huge amounts of concentration and was the first time that the REX exoskeleton had been used in this way.
Team Player: I have always been a team player, before my accident I competed to a high level in both rugby and rowing teams – I had a very successful career gaining numerous players’ and coaches’ awards. Last summer (two years after my accident) I completed Tough Mudder with a team that I organised. Whilst I did not seek publicity, the story together details of my trip to Rome went viral and I was able to raise over £20,000 for my nominated charity. I was asked to speak at a Fund Raising Lunch (in aid of the Spinal Injuries Association) by the Princess Royal at Gatcombe Horse Trials, where I was given a marquee to aid my fund raising efforts.
Time Management and Organisation: I have always been organised. I managed to obtain stellar examination results whilst being a prefect and competing in two sports at a very high level. In my new life these skills are tested to the utmost. I have a team of support workers who help me reach my goals but I have had to recruit and train a team of 14 people in order to have two people with me at all times. I had not managed a team of this size before and initially I found it testing especially as I was getting used to my new circumstances. I need to plan ahead in order to lead the busy and full life that I want.
I am reaching the end of my second year studying Philosophy and Politics and I wish to go onto take the GDL and LPC and secure a training contract at the earliest opportunity. I have secured a place on an Insight Day with both DLA Piper and Osborne Clarke. I am really pleased as both these firms have strong TMT areas and that is where I would hope to work in having completed my training with an outstanding law firm.
Interview Advantage 2016 “What’s your story?” Competition
Rules and Prize
Entries for the Interview Advantage 2016 “What’s your Story” competition (the Competition) must be made using the online form available on the Interview Advantage website http://interviewadvantage.co.uk/competition/. The winning entrant will be the one who, in the opinion of the directors of Interview Advantage, has written most convincingly and engagingly about themselves in no more than 600 words illustrating at least three strengths that make him or her the “must have” future trainee solicitor or barrister’s pupil.
All the details requested in the entry form must be provided and the form should be uploaded via the Interview Advantage website http://interviewadvantage.co.uk/competition/ by 11.59 pm on Friday 15 April 2016. No acknowledgement of receipt or feedback will be given other than to the winning entrant.
The prize will consist of a £250 cash sum and a 2 hour coaching session covering a topic or topics of the winner’s choice with Tony Besse, a director of Interview Advantage and former Magic Circle partner http://interviewadvantage.co.uk/who-we-are/
The winner will be notified by email within 28 days of the closing date.
The Competition is open to any EU resident who is 18 or over on the date of submitting his or her application subject to the exceptions set out in the Terms and Conditions of the Competition below.
Tips for writing your perfect personal statement can be found on our resources page http://interviewadvantage.co.uk/career-development-blog/
It is not necessary to use your full “allowance” of 600 words.
The Competition is governed by the rules set out above and by the Terms and Conditions of the Competition below.
Terms and Conditions
1. The Interview Advantage 2016 “What’s your Story” competition (the Competition) is organized and run by Interview Advantage Limited (IA) a company incorporated in England and Wales under the Companies Act 2006 with registered number 08743385 and having its registered office at 8 King Edward Street, Oxford OX1 4HL (“the Company”).
2. Employees of IA or their family members, clients of IA or their family members or anyone connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the Competition.
3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this Competition.
4. Details of how to enter and the Competition prize are described in the Competition Rules set out at the top of this page (the Rules). No more than one entry may be submitted by any entrant. An entrant may not submit an entry on behalf of a third party. Joint entries will not be accepted.
5. Closing date for entry will be Friday 15 April 2016 (the closing date). After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not actually received for whatever reason.
7. The rules of the competition and the prize for the winner are set out at the top of this page.
8. IA reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of IA’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible.
9. IA is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
11. The winner will be chosen by the directors of IA by applying their subjective judgement. The decision of the directors of IA, on behalf of IA, in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
12. The winner will be notified by email within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, IA reserves the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
13. The winner will receive the cash prize by bank transfer and shall supply his or her bank details for that purpose within 14 days of being notified of winning. The winner and IA will use their best endeavours to agree a mutually convenient date and time for the coaching session element of the prize. If the winner fails to attend that session or cancels that session on less than 48 hours notice, the winner will forfeit his or her right to that session or any equivalent services.
14. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
15. Entrants must be 18 or over and be a resident of the European Union. Proof of age and residence may be required by IA.
17. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.