The Women Lawyers Association was proud to host a Mentor Breakfast on 17 July 2018 with special guest, Emeritus Professor Robin Creyke AO.
Attendees were privileged to hear Professor Creyke’s insights into being a woman lawyer in a male dominated industry. Despite the many challenges that she has faced throughout her career, she has achieved wonderful success including within the private and government sector. Professor Creyke reflected on the lessons she has learnt throughout her career and attendees were grateful to hear her insights.
Professor Creyke remarked on the importance of knowing what areas of practice in the law will suit you as an individual, and also knowing oneself when making decisions regarding your career.
Attendees were reminded of the importance of building a profile for yourself: differentiate yourself; become an expert on one key issue or topic; be the “go-to” person on that issue; specialise within your chosen field.
Professor Creyke commented on the importance of building collegial relationships with your colleagues, in particular to find mentors. It is critical to identify people that listen, engage, and share their own knowledge and insights. They are the sort of people you should surround yourself with in the workplace and community.
A founder of Legal Aid ACT, Professor Creyke has given her time generously over the years to volunteer organisations, and encouraged those endeavors to attendees. Volunteer work will not only improve your desirability to employers, more importantly it expands your experience and is an opportunity to a contribution to the community.
Thank you to all of our members and guests for attending, and to Professor Creyke for generously sharing her time and wisdom.