Today’s guest was Erica Laros, an attorney
who is the Founder and President of her own Law Firm, Laros Law, Trusts and Estates Attorney.
Our Life Skills class host today was Eveline Silva, aspiring lawyer
who will represent the Hope Life Skills class at the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law and CSI in Washington, D.C. beginning on July 22nd.
” I really didn’t know what I wanted to be. I was a history major in college. I eventually figured things out after pushing out of my comfort zone, trying paid and unpaid internships and jobs,
before ultimately figuring out what I wanted to do professionally” Erica explained. “I’ve found that
self confidence has a lot to do with figuring out what you’d like to do in your life.
This may sound illogical but part of the process for becoming more confident is continually
pushing out of your comfort zone, making mistakes, and then realizing the lesson each mistake teaches you to get better, smarter, and soon, more confident!
A good part of pushing out of your comfort zone is networking. I constantly network. Yes, often times I’m nervous going up to introduce myself to people or asking for a meeting. But, like anything else,
the more you do it, the better you get. And, the more people you meet who become part of your network, the more opportunities you’ll have
for jobs, internships, college scholarships, and career choices.”
Erica went on to speak about her experience in law, first as a criminal and defense attorney before eventually starting her own firm specializing in estates and wills. She also shared her insights about dressing appropriately for interviews and work.
“Do your homework when you’re applying and interviewing for a job.
Check out the company’s web site. Google the company name to see what’s being written and posted about the company. And, be prepared to ask questions. During the interview, your interviewer will expect you to ask questions. Your
questions show you’ve done research on the company and job and prove you’re really interested in the job.”
Today’s class ended with a networking session
for students wanting to exchange business cards with Erica and possibly continue the conversation.