For Sarah Westley, her Winter clerkship at prestigious Brisbane firm, Golden Snitch Fleeehills, has been a time of learning, and a first step toward obtaining a graduate position. However, the deafening rumbles of her stomach at 11.15am also reveal another important element of her time at the firm.
This is the first time Sarah has ever worked full-time.
Unfortunately, in a professional environment, it is difficult to be ‘...constantly eating almonds, goghurts, and Pepsi Max,’ Sarah told The Obiter.
Her usually dietary patterns, established at a time wherein working two days a week as a discovery paralegal was a ‘hefty commitment,’ for her, have been completely upset by her clerkship.
In a confessional, raw, and revealing interview, Sarah suggested it was ‘pretty cooked that the lawyers don’t eat more. My stomach was going off like a bull in a china shop a few hours before lunch, and it was the only one!’
‘I’m not quite sure corporate culture is for me. If I can’t have leftover spring rolls and room-temperature lemonade at 10.30am…’ she trailed off, the rest of her words drowned out by her stomach.
That’s our fault for recording the interview at 10.20am, and not even having the common courtesy to offer Sarah a party pie and/or a few Barbecue shapes.
The prospect of a glittering career in commercial litigation certainly lightens Sarah’s hunger pangs, but with science yet to invent mufflers for hungry stomachs, the 11am challenge will remain a constant in her life as a clerk.
‘Can’t wait to go back to two days a week at uni, having a full curry at 9am after the first lecture of the day….’ she remarked.