Board Secretary and Mentor
Hey there, I'm Ray, a happy and successful business lawyer.
But it wasn't easy getting to where I am now. I grew up as the single child of a single mum in Armadale. My mum was on a disability pension. We were so poor that when my shoes got old, I had to tape them up with duct tape. There was no way we could afford a computer, which made doing assignments pretty difficult - I would have to go to the school library every day after school to type my assignments.
At 15 years old, after finishing Year 10, despite receiving an award for being top student, I unfortunately had to drop out
of school for financial reasons and obtain full-time work.
After changing jobs a couple of times, I ended up working as an Accounts Clerk for a small law firm in the city. One of the lawyers there encouraged me to study accounting. I still needed to work full-time to earn money, so I studied at night. I studied at TAFE at nights part-time for 3½ years before finishing a Diploma of Accounting. I then decided to go to university, again part-time around my full-time work hours.
It took me 7 years to finish my qualifications to become a lawyer. In 2012 I became a lawyer. I am a litigation lawyer that specialises in various areas, including corporations law. I help all sorts of people. I am not poor anymore. I enjoy what I do. When I was young, I never could have guessed that this is where I would be in the future.
Through the Achievers Club, I am able to help others that are struggling through school, so that, like me, they can go on to Achieve their dreams.