Profile on: Leon Williams
I would encourage students to be persistent, dedicated and mindful of their tertiary studies. There are times when one gets tired, frustrated and actually fed-up of examinations. However, at the end of the day, the quality of a degree from the University of London carries a lot of weight.
After I graduated from the Law programme in 2003, I needed to study to get into the Hugh Wooding Law School with its limited annual space from a field of approximately 500 students in order to complete my Bar examinations. The intake per year was usually 18 students. I am convinced that it was my studies towards my University of London degree and the burning desire to stay ahead that paid off for me.
I would encourage all potential students to reach for their dreams. When I was a teenager, I wanted to become a Lawyer but my parents were not rich and it was impossible to see myself becoming an Attorney. I drew a map from where I was to where I wanted to be and I weighed the cost of getting there and asked myself: 'Do I want it so bad that I am prepared to sacrifice for it?' The answer was yes and the story just unfolded as I went along, one year at a time.
After attaining my LLB degree, the Chairman of Gulf Insurance Limited, Charles Salvatori, offered me the position of Assistant Secretary of the Company. He then told me that once I pursued my Bar exams with success, I would be appointed Corporate Secretary since the present one was about to depart for France, permanently. That was the encouragement and boost that I needed.
Today, I am the Corporate Secretary and assistant to the Chairman of Gulf Insurance Limited. The position is one which is well paid, excellent perks and tremendous responsibilities. Travelling which I love is one of the perks of the job and this all started with a University of London degree.
I have been approached by many other corporate bodies in Trinidad, but due to my loyalty to Gulf Insurance Limited I have remained committed and it truly has been paying off. I would encourage all to get on with their studies towards a degree from the University of London.