Life beyond Radford

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Last updated 1.08.2017

Kelsey Davis

Class of 2008
Lives Sydney, Australia
Attendance at radford Years 7-12
House Kurrajong
  • Bachelor Degree, The Australian National University, B Arts / B Laws
Work history
  • Associate to Justice Foster
  • Solicitor
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What does life look for you now?

I'm currently working as an Associate to a Judge at the Federal Court of Australia in the Sydney Registry, which means I get to sit with the Judge on Court hearings and help to draft judgments. It's a year-long position which I started in January.

Prior to that, I was working as a Lawyer in the Employee Relations team at King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney where I completed the graduate program, having transferred from the Canberra office.

What is your favourite Radford moment?

I have to say, I didn't enjoy Radford at all for the first year (year 7) because all of my friends from primary school went to other high schools and I felt completely adrift - not to mention I was in the middle of my teenage "awkward phase".

By year 8 things were more comfortable, and my experiences at Radford only got better and better. Years 11 and 12 were great fun - there were so many social events on with an 18th birthday party nearly every weekend; I loved performing in school musicals and choirs, and participating in school sports carnivals and hockey games on the weekend. I was also fortunate enough to go on a school trip to Turkey in year 11 which is definitely one of my favourite Radford memories.

How easy was it to decide what to do in life?

I think this question assumes that I've decided what to do with my life, which is certainly not the case.

I think that most people's careers and life journeys, especially nowadays, take more varied pathways. I feel fortunate that I have been presented with so many opportunities and options so far in my life, but it can certainly be difficult to decide on what the right path is for you (I know I change my mind daily).

Unless it's really obvious to you what you should be doing with your life, I think the best advice is to have a stepping-stone approach where you decide what the best thing for you to do NEXT is - not necessarily the best thing for you to do forever - and then re-evaluate your path regularly. That's certainly what I've been doing, and continue to do.

Where are you now?