Who? Elouise Gregor, solicitor, Walters & Barbary, Cornwall.
Why is she in the news? Gregor made it to the final of Channel 4 show SAS: Who Dares Wins.
What did you learn from the show that you can apply to your job? ‘I have always been a very determined individual. During my education and career I have used other people’s doubt as a catalyst to drive me forward to success. While a career as a solicitor can be rewarding it can also be extremely challenging. Many of the skills I employed during my time on SAS: Who Dares Wins are transferable. SAS: Who Dares Wins focused equally on mental toughness and physical strength. However, determination, self-belief and resilience were the key skills required to advance in most of the tasks. My self-belief has wavered in the past, but the show taught me that virtually anything I put my mind to is possible. Self-belief is an extremely important skill for a young solicitor like myself. The experience on SAS: Who Dares Wins will help to build my confidence in the challenging situations I will inevitably face in my career.’
Dealing with the media: ‘Since SAS: Who Dares Wins aired on Channel 4, I have gained a lot of media attention and it has all been tremendously positive. My intention has been to inspire other young people to succeed and achieve their dreams. I particularly want to inspire people who have been doubted by others, underestimated, or those who have experienced family mental health problems. I hope that in light of the media attention I have gained, people are motivated to make positive personal changes or help others who are struggling with similar difficulties.’
Why become a lawyer? ‘I have always been inspired by strong businesswomen who excel in their chosen field. The legal profession is a competitive environment and the challenges motivate me. I particularly enjoy problem-solving – and as a solicitor specialising in property, wills and probate in Cornwall, problem-solving is a daily activity.’
Career high: ‘As a newly qualified solicitor my career highs are mostly ahead of me. However, qualifying as a solicitor and commencing my role with Walters & Barbary is definitely a career highlight. Walters & Barbary is a very professional, supportive and inclusive employer and the working environment is idyllic. I love coming to work each day.
Career low: ‘Cleaning chalets at the age of 15 and working in supermarkets throughout my teenage years definitely made me realise that I wanted a profession that I could be proud of.’