Julian's Open Road
Human Rights Lawyer
No matter what job you go into, when you're at the bottom end, you're not going to be developed and noticed as an individual; you're just getting good at what you're doing.
- Says of his life's work, "It's all been fun"; from minor criminal cases to arguing in the Australian Supreme Court, he's enjoyed his profession.
- Wasn't sure what he wanted to do, went to study law at Monash University because that's what his girlfriend's brother was doing.
- Wanted to be a management consultant so he switched to an economics degree, then someone suggested he become a barrister.
- Believes that "if your mind is prepared, opportunities will tap you on the shoulder, and you'll recognize the right one."
- Stresses that anyone working an entry-level job isn't necessarily going to be valued as an individual, but they're learning crucial skills.
- Says you can't work a job for 10 minutes and wonder why you're not being taken seriously-you have to put your time in, like everyone else.
- Especially passionate about refugees and asylum seekers because he hates to see injustice, in any form.
- Says he had to put in years of learning how to be a good lawyer in general before he could be taken seriously as a human rights lawyer.