Today will be my last official day of working before I embark on my maternity leave and so its only right to give a little insight into being a pregnant Trainee Solicitor during a global pandemic.
I have always been someone who was career driven and in 2018 when I joined NLS for the first time I felt a sense of belonging. I remember being so worried about how my pregnancy would impact my plan to qualify and indeed where my career would stand now that I would be becoming a mother. However, the support I have received from NLS and indeed my amazing supervisor Kirsty Richards has been like no other. Its safe to say I have been overwhelmed on more than one occasion – could be down to the pregnancy hormones !
I am now 37 weeks pregnant and could give birth at any moment however, despite these unprecedented times, I am proud to say that I have worked all throughout my pregnancy and managed to complete the first half of my Professional Skills Course which included an exam – which I sat at 36 weeks pregnant – I can admit this was challenging with baby brain and all.
It has been quite a strange transition for everyone during this time but as I close this chapter of Jestina Johnson Trainee Solicitor and embark on my new journey as Jestina Johnson Trainee Solicitor/ First Time Mum … I am proud to say that I am apart of such a supportive, innovative, unique and understanding firm. NLS I am truly grateful for the opportunities and support I have received so far.
For anyone in my position or similar … Please do not doubt yourself or your ability. You are stronger than you think and can achieve anything you put your mind to – and with a supportive team behind you – YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE !