MinterEllison Lawyer, Josh Travers, shares his career journey, hints and tips.
My name is Josh Travers and I’ve been with MinterEllison for just over three years now. I started here as a Search & Lodgement Clerk in the Corporate Services group during my third year of law school. Having come from another career, I was keen to maintain full-time work and studied law externally to achieve the balance I wanted. That was a fantastic role that allowed me to work with a range of people throughout the firm. Through that work, the opportunity came up to move into a Paralegal role in the Real Estate team.
I clerked in Finance during my penultimate year and then returned to Real Estate for my Paralegal role before commencing as a Graduate. In the firm’s Graduate program, you have the opportunity to rotate through three teams in six-month rotations, which I found to be a really valuable learning experience. My first rotation was in our Workplace team, and I’m currently a lawyer in the Transaction Solutions team for my second rotation. So my roles have been really varied.
What was the last major project you worked on?
In Brisbane, the Transaction Solutions team does predominantly M&A transactional work and also advisory work around corporate governance. We’ve recently been working on a larger scale transaction involving public and private companies across multiple jurisdictions, in which we’re advising on the acquisition of a global public transport provider.
Engaging in that style of work is great not only from a learning perspective, but it’s also satisfying to see a major project eventuate and come together from all angles — it motivates you and gives you an added sense of pride in your work.
It’s great to be a part of a workplace that genuinely invests in their people. We’re encouraged to be our own ‘career architects’, and it really does feel like we’re empowered to drive our careers in any direction we’d like. This starts in the Graduate program through undertaking rotations, gaining access to a diverse range of experiences and ultimately getting to choose which team and area of law we want to establish ourselves in.