Maria systematically peered into the ten pair of eyes staring at her across the table. In some eyes she could see admiration in some she could see doubt but through the goggle eyed man she could see dismissal. The room screamed of old money from the plush beige carpet to the black leather swivel chair. The room was silent apart from the low hum of the air condition. For a split second Maria thought that she was going to need the bathroom, she leaned forward in her chair her dark curls cascading over her shoulders with her movement. She was clad in her best navy blue suit and an ivory blouse.
The goggled eye man who was the oldest in the group spoke up
“Miss Martinez, I am Richard Wright senior partner of Wright & Wrung Corporation Ltd. I have another meeting to go to shortly so you have less than ten minutes to convince us why you should be considered for internship.” His voice boomed the room.
Maria sat up straighter and looked at him square in the eye at the same time she could feel the perspiration running down her back.
“Sir I have always wanted to be in the legal field and ..”
“Wanting to be in the legal field is not enough reason to work for Wright and Wrung” the lady in a pink silk blouse who looked like she wouldn’t hurt a fly snapped back.
“Ma’am if you could just let me finish my sentence, I have a passion for the legal field and …”
“Excuse me Maria.” A thirty something guy in blue pin stripe suit butted in “Bradley Forrester-the only proof that we have that you have a passion for law is the fact that you have sent us numerous letters and have not stopped calling the enquiry desk. Your background is in finance!”
Maria could see her window of opportunity closing before her eyes. She tasted her blood and realised that she must bit her inner lip too hard. She was not going to let anything or anyone snatch her dream a second time.
She rose to her feet, even at five foot eleven inches she did not refrain from wearing heels. She could smell the whiff of her flowery perfume fill the room.
She pushed the leather chair in, and stood behind it.
“Ladies and Gentlemen I have less than five minutes to state my case for this internship and would appreciate it if I could do so without interruptions.”
She looked for a reaction and did not see any, all ten faces looked at her stone faced.
“I came in hear with a fancy speech prepared for a fancy company but I have not got time for that now. I want to be an attorney, the only scholarship I had available to go to a decent university was finance so I took what I got.”
Richard Wright glanced at his watch and looked back at her. Maria padded over to where Bradley was sitting.
“Mr Forrester though my resume shows a finance background, you could see that it is from a reputable university and I graduated summa cum laude. May I draw you attention to page two of my resume that I have worked as a financial legal adviser in the Citizens Advice Bureau.”
She walked up the table so that she could look in the eyes of the rest of the team
“I am requesting a place in your internship programme where I would work with very little pay, instead of working for a finance company that would give me an attractive package, surely this demonstrates my commitment and passion to pursue a career in the legal field.”
Maria paused. She remembered her dad telling her that if you want something you have to fight for it. She was not sure if the fight so far has been sufficient enough to secure her a place in the prestigious Wright & Wrung Corporation Ltd.
“Ladies and Gentlemen I have kept to your time limit and I have one minute to take any further questions that you may have.”
Richard Wright smiled for the first time.
“Miss Martinez you have demonstrated that you can represent our clients well by comporting yourself under hostile circumstances. I shall have a further meeting with the partners and we shall get in touch with you shortly.” He rose up and stretched his hand out to Maria. “Have a good day.”
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