"This has been my most successful pupillage application cycle and Melanie's advice has been invaluable."

Prospective Pupil Barrister 2021 - Public Law

"I initially used Melanie’s services in relation to my paper applications - I sent her two applications to review and was tremendously impressed by her comments on them. As a result, my success rate has dramatically increased at the paper sift. In 2020, I made 10 applications and secured 4 interviews; in 2021, I made 11 applications and was invited to 10 first round interviews.

 

In this year's cycle, I had several mock interviews with Melanie. I was just as impressed with her mock interviews - she was highly prepared and came to the sessions with a bank of relevant questions, provided insights into the Chambers that I would be interviewing at and what they may be looking for, and gave extremely helpful feedback on my mock interview performances. This has been my most successful pupillage application cycle and Melanie's advice has been invaluable."

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"Working with Melanie has revolutionised the way I approach interviews."

Prospective Pupil Barrister 2021 - Medical Law

"Working with Melanie has revolutionised the way I approach interviews.

 

During my sessions, we undertook interview preparation, mock interviews with CV based questions and an advocacy exercise, Melanie provided me with comprehensive feedback about the content and delivery of my answers and how I could improve.

 

Over consecutive sessions I felt able to take on board the feedback she had provided and by the time our sessions came to an end I felt much more confident in both the quality of my answers and quality of my delivery.

 

Melanie was extremely professional and so supportive. I felt that she really understood the pupillage interview process and what chambers were looking for in a candidate, as well as what skill they were looking for when asking different questions.

 

Although I engaged in interview coaching with Melanie for a specific pupillage interview I have been able to use the techniques I gained in subsequent interviews. Following my coaching I have been offered a full-fee scholarship for my Bar Course and three job offers – two with the civil service and one paralegal role. I have accepted a position as a Judicial Assistant in the Court of Appeal. 

 

Melanie is friendly, approachable, supportive, very professional, extremely well prepared, and an excellent interview coach. I don’t have a bad word to say about her, and would wholeheartedly recommend her."

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"Through Melanie’s helpful and patient tutoring, I learnt how to bring out my ‘best self’ and in the end that is what made the difference.."

Future Pupil Barrister 2022 - Criminal/Civil 

Law

"Melanie provided an outstanding service that played a vital role in me successfully obtaining pupillage this year.

From the start, Melanie quickly understood my skills and experience, where my application needed to be improved and how I was going to improve it. Ultimately, this came down to gaining more interview experience. Melanie conducted mock interviews and advocacy exercises, and she arrived at our sessions well prepared and willing to constructively challenge my answers. As a result, the feedback she provided was invaluable. By the time I stepped (virtually) into second round interviews, I knew that I could answer pretty much any question that could be thrown my way.

The key to succeeding in pupillage interviews is, I believe, an ability to remain calm, relaxed and composed. The challenging and realistic nature of the mocks that Melanie conducted, as well as the constructive feedback and encouragement Melanie provided, meant that I was self-assured and confident in my abilities. Despite the rigorous nature of pupillage interviews, I never felt out of my depth. In large part, that was due to the meticulous preparation I had done with Melanie. Through Melanie’s helpful and patient tutoring, I learnt how to bring out my ‘best self’ and in the end that is what made the difference.

Finally, Melanie is friendly, professional and easy to get along with. I have already recommended her services to my fellow Bar course students and cannot recommend her highly enough to anyone reading this. 

Thank you very much Melanie!"

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"Melanie tackles interview training and preparation from multiple angles, ensuring interviewees are well-prepared psychologically on every level."

Prospective Pupil Barrister 2021 -  

Public Law & Human Rights

"Melanie is an incredibly professional coach. Working with her helped me build the confidence I needed to start interviewing for pupillage. She is structured and attentive, and provides students with detailed feedback on how they are coming across during mock interviews. Melanie tackles interview training and preparation from multiple angles, ensuring interviewees are well-prepared psychologically on every level."

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"Melanie provided a highly professional and constructive service throughout the gruelling pupillage application process."

Future Pupil Barrister 2022 - Commercial 

Law

"Melanie provided a highly professional and constructive service throughout the gruelling pupillage application process. She offered me a number of prompt and well-structured Skype calls which included mock-interviews and detailed feedback. This greatly increased my confidence going into my interviews. I particularly appreciated her endeavours to  understand my personal and academic background, to really get to grips with what made me tick as a candidate and what would be most important to convey to a pupillage committee. She combines technical HR experience with a warm and personable manner, which was indispensable during that highly stressful period."

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"After 3 mock interviews with Melanie my confidence in pupillage interviews drastically improved and my feedback from pupillage interviews was very positive."

Prospective Pupil Barrister 2021 - Criminal

Law

"Melanie is very helpful and insightful when working on pupillage applications. She used her HR experience to give me tailored advice when preparing for interviews. The mock interviews helped with my interviewing confidence. After 3 mock interviews with Melanie my confidence in pupillage interviews drastically improved and my feedback from pupilage interviews was very positive. Melanie provided lots of constructive feedback explaining my strengths and weaknesses so I knew where to improve. I would recommend Melanie to other aspiring Barristers who would like support with their applications and interviews."

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"I would recommend her to anyone who wants to improve their interviewing skills."

Prospective Pupil Barrister 2021 - Common Law

"Melanie is an excellent coach who went above and beyond to ensure that I was well-equipped with my pupillage interviews. She never hesitates to give additional information about chambers and feedback on the mock interviews. Her enthusiasm has definitely rubbed off on me and I became more attentive and active in the interviews. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to improve their interviewing skills."

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"Melanie quickly gauged my interview technique and offered practical and constructive feedback to address areas of weakness."

Prospective Pupil Barrister 2021 - Criminal Law & 

Family Law

"I found Melanie's assistance a real confidence boost before my interviews. Melanie quickly gauged my interview technique and offered practical and constructive feedback to address areas of weakness. Melanie was well prepared for our sessions and took me on at very short notice. I'd recommend her services to others. Thanks, Melanie."

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"Melanie brings out the very best in each applicant and instils confidence."

Future Pupil Barrister 2021 - Common Law/Civil Law

"I am so grateful to Melanie for her exceptional coaching in preparing me for pupillage interviews this year! Melanie provides a highly personalised service; she analysed my application form, understood my key strengths and identified ways to highlight my skills and experience. During the course of our sessions, Melanie conducted mock interviews, mock advocacy exercises and provided invaluable feedback to enable me to constantly improve my performance. By the end of our sessions I felt ready to handle any interview question thrown at me and walked into my interview feeling confident, composed and thoroughly prepared! Pupillage season is a stressful time, but Melanie was such a delight to work with. She is friendly, patient and understands the pressure applicants are under. She is professional, meticulous and highly effective in her approach. Melanie brings out the very best in each applicant and instils confidence. I have learned a huge amount from my sessions with Melanie which I will bring with me into my pupillage. Thank you so much Melanie."

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"Melanie’s support was incredible and I have already recommended her to my colleagues going through the same process.."

Prospective Pupil Barrister 2021 - Family Law

"I sought Melanie’s expertise with my pupillage applications and my pupillage and paralegal interviews. Melanie’s support was incredible and I have already recommended her to my colleagues going through the same process. I really struggled with nerves and confidence during interviews. She quickly tailored the sessions and I gained confidence in my example answers about my various work experiences. Melanie also enabled me to structure, discuss and deliver my answers to questions, with confidence and enthusiasm. Although, I was unsuccessful in obtaining pupillage. I continued to work on my interview skills, implementing what I had learnt during my sessions with Melanie. Thereafter, I successfully secured a legal managerial position and received highly favourable feedback from another firm of solicitors. Thank you again, Melanie!"

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"Melanie provides a first-class service which I would recommend to prospective pupils..."

Prospective Pupil Barrister 2020 - Public Law

"...During our initial consultation, Melanie quickly understood my journey to the Bar and my professional and educational background. She was adept in finding out my strengths and weaknesses. 

Before our Skype session (where we went through two of my previous applications) Melanie asked questions via email so that the session ran smoothly. The session was very well structured, and Melanie ensured that time was used effectively. Melanie encouraged me to consider all of the soft skills that I had gained through my experiences. She also conducted thorough research into the chambers that I had applied to and gave me insight into how to tailor my applications to them. I now feel in a strong position to highlight my best experiences and skills, tailor and make my applications stand out.

I have been impressed with Melanie’s service from start to finish; she is insightful, personable and a pleasure to work with."

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"I appreciated Melanie's research of the particular chambers which helped me to tailor my answers to ensure the ‘right fit’"

Prospective Pupil Barrister 2020 - Public Commercial Law

"One of the main areas I needed to improve was the structure of how I answered interview questions. Melanie’s advice was incredibly helpful in enabling me to present my points in a coherent and logical fashion. Following our time together I felt well-prepared for any question that might be posed. Given the notoriety for Barrister’s Chambers to present weird and wacky questions and the high degree of knowledge expected of current affairs, this proved both reassuring and educational in how not to be thrown off. I appreciated Melanie's research of the particular chambers which helped me to tailor my answers to ensure the ‘right fit’ which is so important when only one or two places are available."

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"Melanie truly equipped me with the tools required to stand out and shine with confidence, humility and eloquence."

Future Pupil Barrister - Tax Law 2021

"From start to finish, Melanie was exceptional, professional and a master of her craft. It became evident from the very outset that Melanie was there to offer a service completely tailored to your needs. I was fortunate enough to have numerous interviews this year and with Melanie’s guidance, preparation, patience and knowledge, I felt confident going into each one. First-rounds became second-rounds, and ultimately I was offered pupillage in perhaps the most difficult year for obtaining one (due to COVID-19). I am absolutely elated. Melanie truly equipped me with the tools required to stand out and shine with confidence, humility and eloquence. I am very much looking forward to my career at the Bar."

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"The flexible and individually tailored coaching sessions helped me to mitigate any potential weaknesses..."

Prospective Pupil Barrister - Commercial/IP Law 2021

"My time with Melanie helped me to identify the key aspects of my candidature. Her thorough preparation for each chambers gave me the knowledge and confidence to tailor my answers for every set. The flexible and individually tailored coaching sessions helped me to mitigate any potential weaknesses, enabling me to put my best foot forward and improve upon each interview. With such fine margins between obtaining pupillage or not, I would recommend her services for anyone looking to improve their interview skills."

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"Melanie's abilities to spot psychological cues, tone of voice and diction took me to a whole other level of credibility…"

Prospective Pupil Barrister - Intellectual Property Law 2020

"Melanie has been incredibly valuable in preparing me for and supporting me throughout the pupillage application process. My process of working with her led me to real eureka moments. The most remarkable one was where I suddenly found my own voice. I had thought myself a confident speaker, but Melanie's abilities to spot psychological cues, tone of voice and diction took me to a whole other level of credibility in my interviewing style. In giving advice, her experience of advising many other candidates shines through, which is important through the tumultuous journey of pupillage applications. In her style, she is friendly, responsive and flexible in arrangements, and an absolute pleasure to work with. Thank you so, so much!"

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"...she knew my academic and professional background inside out and really understood the impact that early rejections had on my confidence."

Future Pupil Barrister - Public Law 2021

"Although Melanie’s professional expertise and background in HR helped me enormously with structuring my answers to application questions, what I found most helpful about her service was the emotional support she provided me with throughout what is an incredibly stressful process. After our first few sessions, she knew my academic and professional background inside out and really understood the impact that early rejections had on my confidence. She combined her excellent and personable customer service with practical advice about tackling the applications and interviews themselves, as well as dealing with the emotional strain of several months working through the Gateway. I really don’t think I would have made it through my second year of applying for pupillage with my spirits still intact without her!"

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"…..I was provided with a truly comprehensive analysis of my selling points."

Prospective Pupil Barrister - Criminal Law 2020

"My time with Melanie from Go Further Goals was incredible. From the first initial telephone call I felt confident that I'd made a good choice, which was only boosted further with the first session where I was provided with a truly comprehensive analysis of my selling points. We covered a variety of techniques to help me remain composed and put my best foot forward in interview. The mock interviews Melanie put me through really helped me put them into practice, and the interviews themselves covered a broad variety of questions and approaches which left me feeling confident and prepared. I would absolutely recommend the services of Go Further Goals - Melanie to anyone who feels they need help preparing for Pupillage interviews, the service is outstanding value for money."

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"Approaching Melanie to train for my interview was the best decision I made! She radiates positivity and builds a rapport effortlessly."

Prospective Pupil Barrister - Family Law

2020

"Approaching Melanie to train for my interview was the best decision I made! She radiates positivity and builds a rapport effortlessly.
All prospective interviewees – please realize that you have only one shot at a first Interview and first impressions last.
Melanie made the effort to scrutinize not just my Application but also the Chambers in order to devise questions. So thorough was her homework that no question fielded by the panel caught me off guard. Anyone can conduct a mock interview, but the constructive criticism and feedback that Melanie provides is invaluable. She does not stop at instilling confidence but also trains the candidate to ‘project’ confidence.
Her services are client centric and flexible. She readily accepted my request to break down our sessions over three days which allowed me to prepare without any pressure. To all the students who are working part time, the fee for this service is huge bang for the buck.
I thank her for making my First Pupillage Interview such a roaring success and look forward to working with her again!"

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"Unsurprisingly, over the course of a month, the content, presentation and structure of my written applications improved drastically. I am very happy with the end product!"

Prospective Pupil Barrister - Public Law 2020

"Melanie helped me with preparing pupillage applications while I was working full-time in a law firm. She quickly impressed me with her wealth of knowledge and experience with the pupillage application process. She knew exactly what Chambers look for and therefore, could give clear, thoughtful and constructive feedback on my answers. Her work is diligent – she often noticed important points and issues which I hadn’t considered before. Her contributions enabled me to develop a consistent narrative which focuses on skills and experiences that set me apart from other candidates. She also went the extra mile by following up with extra materials, tips and questions for me to consider for our next session. Unsurprisingly, over the course of a month, the content, presentation and structure of my written applications improved drastically. I am very happy with the end product!
 
It was a pleasure working with Melanie. She is personable, professional and well-organised. She is an effective communicator, and was thoroughly prepared for each of our sessions. She was always responsive to my emails, and was flexible in booking our sessions. I am grateful for her support, and I would wholeheartedly recommend Melanie’s services to any prospective pupil."

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"Without her help, I would not have been successful in receiving scholarships....."

Scholarship

Candidate

2020

"Melanie's assistance has been invaluable. She was able to look at my experiences and highlight exactly what the panel were looking for. Without her help, I would not have been successful in receiving scholarships nor would I have been as successful in making my experiences as attractive as possible. She is always willing to go the extra mile and I cannot recommend her enough!"

 

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"I felt that I would have been doing myself a disservice by not working with Melanie; and I was right!."

Pupil Barrister - Criminal Law 2020

"Melanie was amazing in my pupillage interview preparation. After Melanie’s input, I knew I’d given myself the best shot of performing to my best in the interview. Having read the testimonials and been referred by a friend, I felt that I would have been doing myself a disservice by not working with Melanie; and I was right! I have built on my confidence, established answers to key questions and have a better understanding of what I have to offer a panel. I highly recommend Melanie to all hopeful future pupils."

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"My application is better today because of the help I received from Melanie."

Prospective Pupil Barrister - Common Law 2019

"My application is better today because of the help I received from Melanie. The first step in obtaining pupillage, is to have a well drafted application: Melanie made that possible. Melanie, you have been an invaluable help to me, in preparing my application. Your feedback was always valuable and your quality was telling. I will be back for more coaching, this time for the interviews!"

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"Go Further Goals should be any candidates’ first port of call to give themselves the best chance…"

Pupil Barrister - Family Law 2019

"I can’t thank Melanie enough for her help in preparing me for what was eventually a successful first attempt at securing pupillage. For such a demanding process, the advice and practice provided through mock interviews was invaluable in helping to finesse my technique and preparation. Go Further Goals should be any candidates’ first port of call to give themselves the best chance of falling on the right side of a decision which inevitably relies on fine margins. Thank you Melanie!"

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"I know sessions with Melanie made the difference for me this year and would recommend her sessions to any prospective pupil whether it is their first year of applying or fifth."

Pupil Barrister - Common Law 2019

"This was my fourth year of applying for pupillage and, after a couple of poor interview results, I was losing hope - Melanie was able to give me back the confidence I needed to walk into my subsequent interviews and obtain my pupillage. She gives excellent, informed advice, and went above and beyond to fit me into her schedule and prepare questions for individual interviews so that I took the most out of each session. Her support was invaluable and her positive attitude made the sessions not only useful, but enjoyable. I know sessions with Melanie made the difference for me this year and would recommend her sessions to any prospective pupil whether it is their first year of applying or fifth."

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"I would recommend her to anyone who is soon to be interviewing for pupillage."

Prospective Pupil Barrister - Public Law 2019

"Working with Melanie prior to my pupillage interviews helped my confidence beyond measure. She provides a thorough service by delving into the details of your potential Chambers and comes up with creative ideas to show you in the best possible light from that Chambers’ viewpoint. I would recommend her to anyone who is soon to be interviewing for pupillage."

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"Melanie’s experience was immediately apparent and she provided really practical advice that immediately improved my performance"

Pupil Barrister - Common Law 2019

"I am very happy to say that after three years of applying for Pupillage, I was finally successful this year. I genuinely feel that Melanie’s support and advice in the mock interview sessions gave me the confidence I needed, not only to sell myself more effectively but also to identify and resolve the issues that had obviously let me down in the past. In previous mock interviews, I have felt quite uncomfortable and slightly embarrassed; this was far from the case in my sessions with Melanie. I felt like I could be completely honest, which enabled me to really make the most of the time we worked together. 

 

Melanie’s experience was immediately apparent and she provided really practical advice that immediately improved my performance. She directed me to numerous articles and online research that were also extremely useful in my preparation for interview. It was a pleasure to tell Melanie the good news and her response showed how heavily she invests in her clients. I only wish I had been recommended to Melanie 3 years’ ago!"

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"I felt more confident and ready for my upcoming interviews after my session with Melanie."

Prospective Pupil Barrister - Public Law 2019

"I found my mock interview session with Melanie very useful and comprehensive. We went through different types of questions that may come up in pupillage interviews, ranging from competency-based questions to ethical issues and current events. Melanie is a good and careful listener - she gave me thoughtful feedback on all of my answers. I felt more confident and ready for my upcoming interviews after my session with Melanie."

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"Her support and insight has been exceptional"

Prospective Pupil Barrister - Family Law 2019

"If you come across Melanie at Go Further Goals then you have discovered hidden treasure. Her support and insight has been exceptional. At first glance of Go Further Goals website, I questioned the ethics of paying to get a head start. But this is not a service aimed for the privileged, and it is surprisingly affordable for those of you who, like me, are determined to make it. Don’t expect a series of ‘cut and paste’ answers to make your life easier in the short-term. Far better is Melanie’s extraordinary ability to draw out your strengths, and her insight into the varied cultures and requirements of different chambers."

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"constructive feedback as well as techniques for dealing with the pressure of pupillage interviews"

Junior tenant in a commercial chambers

"Melanie’s coaching was invaluable during my pupillage interview preparation. She conducted a number of mock first and second-round interviews and provided constructive feedback as well as techniques for dealing with the pressure of pupillage interviews. I would highly recommend Melanie’s training to prospective pupils so that they can attend chambers’ interviews with confidence and poise that comes from comprehensive and professional HR preparation."

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"I do know that with Melanie's support, emptionally and personally, I will have given it my best shot"

Prospective Pupil Barrister - Family Law 2019

"The apprehension of entering the quagmire of pupillage applications this year has been palpable especially as it is my last shot, following a gap in the application process due to a bereavement....I have no idea whether I will succeed, however, I do know that with Melanie’s support, emotionally and practically, I will have given it my best shot."

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"an invaluable help to me preparing for interviews"

Pupil Barrister - Common Law 2019

"Melanie has been an invaluable help to me preparing for interviews. Her flexible approach to providing this support meant I could tailor my sessions to exactly those areas where I felt least confident, her insights and feedback have been enormously helpful in preparing for the real thing, and she has a genuine interest in hearing how you progress. I have already recommended her to others, and I plan to again to anyone who will listen!"

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"invaluable to my post-interview success"

Junior Criminal Barrister

"Thanks to Melanie's structured interview preparation session and feedback, I was confident, concise and well prepared for my scholarship interview. This was invaluable to my post-interview success"

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