• Damon Laffin

So why the Young Lawyer podcast?

Updated: Jun 17, 2021

Since commencing this podcast this has been a question that I regularly get asked, "why the Young Lawyer podcast, what made you want to start it? "

The reason I decided to create this podcast, was that I had been applying for jobs for 4 months since graduating and was nearing the completion of my PLT and I was feeling lost and somewhat disheartened. I was not sure what to do, having studied via distance education, I, like many others out there focused on making it through University and PLT without really taking advantage of the opportunities to network or join the student associations, although there is very limited opportunities available for distance education students.

I was continuously applying for jobs and not really getting anywhere. At this stage, I felt rather isolated and lost and two thoughts popped into my head:

“Two thoughts popped into my head:

1. How do I message people I have never met before and how do I connect with those people?

2. How can I help people in a similar situation in the future, so they don’t have to feel so lost?"

For me, the first thought was the one I struggled with most, being fairly introverted I struggled to reach out to people, particularly those in the Legal Profession above me. I always thought I would be a bother and for that reason I struggled to just message people out of the blue.

After some time trying to work out what I could do, I decided to throw myself in the deep end and start a podcast. For me this was going to be a big challenge, as it would require me to continually network with Legal Professionals to ensure I had episodes to produce. The first few messages I sent out I was terrified, I had not spoken to any of these people before nor had I met them and here I was a “nobody” messaging them to see if they had time to chat with me.

To be honest the responses I received shocked me, to realise how supportive everyone in the Legal Profession was and has been since commencing this podcast was overwhelming. One of the best things about the podcast was that it enabled me to demonstrate the support that is available within the Legal Profession.

My aim for the podcast has been to try and help those who feel lost or isolated, wanting some motivation to continue their journey, to show to that you are not alone, that others have been in your shoes trying to find themselves and are willing to offer some guidance or even just to have a chat. It does not matter whether you are in the Legal Profession or not, it doesn’t matter whether you are a student or a senior lawyer, everyone throughout the Profession is always willing to help, to have a chat, maybe even provide some guidance for those who may find themselves lost and not sure how to move forward.

So just send the message or arrange a coffee, the worse thing they can say is NO. (highly unlikely if coffee is involved)

This podcast also highlights the importance of not comparing your journey to anyone else’s, everyone has their own story to share, that is the beauty of life. Just because you aren’t at the same as someone else your age, shouldn’t matter your journey is your own and you should enjoy it. The podcast is also aimed at prompting the discussion of Mental Health and highlighting the importance of taking care of yourself and giving yourself down time away from work.

I am always up for a chat and willing to offer any assistance I can, as I indicated previously I know what it feels like to feel lost and isolated and I want to ensure that no one feels like they are alone.

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