We look back at the hopes and dreams of UOW students from 2008 and ask: where are they now?
When deciding what to study at uni, Stephanie couldn’t choose between commerce and law – so she chose both (full 2008 profile below). While it was the marketing side of commerce that appealed to her the most, she knew a double degree with law would open up a wider variety of career paths.
“My career hasn’t taken the path I anticipated in 2008,” Stephanie says. “At that stage I was very keen to focus on marketing, rather than law. But sometimes an opportunity from left field can kick-start your career.”
That opportunity for Stephanie came in the form of a summer clerkship at a top-tier law firm, King & Wood Mallesons (KWM). Enjoying her clerkship so much, she decided to pursue a career as a lawyer.
“I think it’s important for those starting uni to know that your degree can be flexible,” she says. “It’s hard to know what you want to do coming out of school, but once you start a degree there is room to change as you learn more about where you want your career to go.”
Stephanie’s law career has come a long way since that clerkship. She started at KWM in 2010 as a graduate lawyer and in 2012 transferred to the Perth office where she has had the opportunity to work on international matters, large-scale complex commercial disputes as well contributing to the community through the KWM pro bono program.
In 2014 she was awarded The Law Society of Western Australia’s Lawyer of the Year – for lawyers with less than five years’ experience as well as the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 award for her pro bono work.
“I found the law degree at UOW provided me with the practical legal skills I needed to start my career on the front foot,” she says. “I am very happy where I have landed and have really enjoyed becoming a senior commercial litigation lawyer.
So where does she see herself in 2028?
“Hopefully I am still practising law with KWM – maybe as a partner, but who knows!”
Stephanie Puris’s 2008 student profile