In a time where many of us are conducting business online, we think it’s important to put a face to a name. Our Staff Spotlight series will give you a little insight into the lives of our Nicholsons colleagues. Let’s find out a bit more about Paralegal, Mitchell Ablett-Nelson.
How long have you been with Nicholsons?
Since Christmas 2011 if you count some high school vacation work (does this mean I’m due for long service leave next month?!).
In actuality, since April 2016.
Who or what inspired you to pursue the career you have today?
My mother, who is a lawyer.
It’s cheesy but true! She spent many years pleading with me not to study law and I found myself duty bound to disappoint her.
What does your job entail?
I think the closest analogue to law is cracking puzzles for a living.
Each day you come to work and there is a new enigma on your desk waiting to be dissected and solved.
How would you describe your job to a class of kindergartners?
See above. Or, think: Johnny stole Sally’s toy on the playground and she wants it back. It’s like this. Except sometimes it’s not even Sally’s toy to begin with.
What’s the most exciting thing you are working on right now?
I could tell you but I’d have to shoot you.
What is the best career lesson you’ve learned so far?
A. It doesn’t matter how right you are or how good you are at understanding the law, what matters is working towards achieving client outcomes and making sure the client is an active and informed participant in that process (at the front of the bus, as it were).
B. On that same tack, there is always a simpler, more concise, way to explain the same thing. If you’re constantly striving to find that then you’re well on the way to achieving point A.
What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
I’m a naturally introverted person, not that anyone believes me!
What did you want to be growing up?
A fighter pilot (if any ADFA recruiters are reading this I’m still open to a career change, slide into my DMs).
What’s something you’re planning on doing in the next year that you’ve never done before?
Getting my scuba dive certification, my sailing day skipper qualification and graduating university (finally).
How would your family and friends describe you in three words?
First response: Tenacious, strategic, thoughtful.
Second response: Layered, unshakeable, free.
Third response: Funny, accommodating, Machiavellian.
We seemed to be going downhill, so I stopped at three.
What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
I’ve been bit by the green thumb and am working on progressively turning my apartment into an indoor jungle right now (much to the chagrin of my housemate at times).
What skill do you think everyone should learn?
That knowledge is power and a voracious appetite to read is the key to unlocking it.
More specifically, that you don’t understand a concept well enough yet if you can’t explain it in a way that can be understood by a chance person on the street. The skill is being able to explain it.
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