Alberto Tassoni, Future Trainee Solicitor, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
In order to help current students and recent graduates to find their way in the working world, many of our alumni shared their career story. Here the story of Alberto Tassoni, Future Trainee Solicitor for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London (UK). USI Degree: Master of Arts in Philosophy, 2019.
How did you start your career?
I was admitted to Cambridge law while I was completing the MAP programme at USI. During my first year, I signed a contract to be a trainee solicitor with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, an international corporate/commercial law firm headquartered in London.
What is your current role/duties?
A trainee solicitor has the opportunity to explore various practice areas (e.g. corporate/M&A, finance, litigation, competition, etc.) over the course of two years, before deciding what area in which to specialise.
What positive aspects and qualities meant most to you during the study programme you attended?
The tailored teaching approach at MAP and variety of courses offered made it possible to explore various interests of mine. They also helped me consolidate important skills that later proved valuable for a smooth transition to a legal career.
What competences and/or skills acquired in your USI Study Program have been useful/are useful to your professional career?
MAP helped me consolidate two skills that are important in a legal career. Firstly, being able to analyse and digest large quantities of complex information in a relatively short time. Secondly, coming up with creative solutions and being able to elaborate them to a fine level of detail.
This was also facilitated by the extensive and timely feedback on my work provided by the professors at MAP.
What is your advice to USI students entering the job market?
In general, I would recommend a graduate to find out what drives/motivates them (whatever that may be), and to be resilient and persevere in their goals. It is difficult to do the latter without having done the former; and it is improbable to land a fulfilling career without resilience.