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Set for Success: Career advice from Thorrun Govind

Alumna Thorrun Govind studied the GDL and LPC with us before going on to become a solicitor in healthcare and a practising pharmacist. Thorrun recently took over our Instagram account to share insights into her life. For those who missed her takeover, read on for her advice on juggling priorities and budgeting during your studies.

By Cara Fielder. Published 15 December 2023

What made you change careers?

I wouldn’t say I was a career changer but a career juggler. I have a very varied week, which suits my personality. I appreciate the ability to switch tasks throughout my week. Whether it be working as a pharmacist checking medication is safe, on my feet in court or speaking to a TV camera, I always put my all in.

How do you balance working two jobs?

It’s not easy juggling both professions – what I really enjoy about pharmacy is the personal interactions with patients. With the law, it can sometimes feel like email, email, email. I do like to pick up the phone though.

If I’m honest (controversial opinion coming), I find law less stressful. I can often worry about patients long after they have left the pharmacy. At least, as a lawyer, I can log on and check and check something.

How do you juggle work and other commitments?

My paper diary keeps me organised. I have a work to-do list and a personal to-do list for the day. I also pack my bags the night before (I’m not a morning person and this means there are fewer decisions to make in the morning).

Can you represent every client that comes to you for help?

We cannot represent every client that comes to us because we may have a conflict. That’s the first thing we check when we’re approached. I work in the defence of healthcare professionals, so I wouldn’t therefore take on a claimant’s case.

What’s the most interesting case you’ve worked on?

I can’t give too many details of my most interesting cases due to confidentiality, but they are usually ones with multiple parties and therefore multiple legal representatives.

I also like watching other representatives’ styles and seeing what would be good for me to do but also what not to do.

As part of your legal role, do you attend court and tribunals?

Yes, I attend court – this can be in person or on Zoom. Regardless of whether in person or not, we must respect the court process and ensure we turn our phones off and dress appropriately.

We used to carry big bundles, but since Covid, I work paperless.

What made you choose to become a solicitor rather than a barrister?

If I’m honest, I never really considered being a solicitor versus being a barrister. I started off with an interest in law, and then the solicitor route seemed like the route most of my colleagues at The University of Law were taking. I do love advocacy though.

What has been the proudest moment of your career?

The proudest moments of my career are when I have had the opportunity to speak at conferences, and also share the important public health messaging in the media.

What are your top tips for budgeting at university?

  • Set a weekly budget
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for a student discount
  • Save money on healthcare by looking at ingredients rather than just picking the brands you know.
  • Don’t forget to check if you can get support with prescriptions – ask your pharmacy for more advice.
  • Make time for a treat every so often.

What advice would you give your younger self?

I’d advise my younger self to find mentors. Don’t be afraid to use LinkedIn to contact people who are in the position you want to achieve.

Don’t worry so much, it will all work out in the end. Go for it.

 

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