Catherine Coup, Professional Support Lawyer at Linklaters LLP has recently taken the leap over to London to experience working life outside of NZ.
Passionate about musical theatre, Catherine was involved in revues in Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland for 4 years before taking the reins in the lead team at Carbolic in 2015 and 2016.
Through the magic of the internet, we caught up with Catherine to ask her some important questions about life as a young professional.
You have $50 in your pocket on a Friday night out – where would you go?
If I'm not jetting off on an exciting weekend adventure, I'll head along to a late night at one of London's museums. There's usually some performances, a bar and a DJ and great pop-up food stalls which you can enjoy while checking out the exhibitions.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally and how did you overcome it?
Moving to a new country and despite my previous legal experience having to start again at the bottom. Remembering that the most important thing is to do a good job and have a positive attitude and that this may open up unpexected opportunities.
Who is your greatest inspiration?
Judge Christina Inglis. Judge Inglis was one of my first bosses when I started my legal career. In her lifetime she has managed to raise four children, have an extremely successful legal career and always maintained an impeccable sense of style, great sense of humour and was an amazing mentor.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Not sure if I have "grown up yet". My ideas changed every five minutes and included Ballerina, Pop singer, fashion designer, dietician, a scientist who designed cosmetics, diplomat, soldier, lawyer, news anchor. Right now I'm looking to see if I can combine some of these interests by getting into the legal side of the Entertainment Industry.
What piece of advice could you give to yourself in your first year of work?
Take on every opportunity that is offered to you both inside and outside of work. Most successful people get to where they are not because of the marks they got in university, but because they have a wide and varied network so can relate to and interact with a range of people from all walks of life. Also don't blow your first pay check on a new designer outfit (whoops!)