YOUNG PROFESSIONAL: Trainee solicitor, Brittani Merton is  looking forward to a long and fruitful career in the South Burnett.
YOUNG PROFESSIONAL: Trainee solicitor, Brittani Merton is looking forward to a long and fruitful career in the South Burnett. Contributed

Why this country lawyer wouldn't have it any other way

FOR many law graduates, driving an expensive car in the city and mixing it with the hob-nobs is the ultimate goal.

Not so for Kingaroy girl Brittani Merton, who is very happy forging a successful law career right here in the South Burnett.

The trainee solicitor at Kelly & Frecklington Solicitors said she was looking forward to a long and fruitful career working with rural clients.

"The goal wasn't to be a big city lawyer, to me I'm not into big corporate cases or criminal law,” she said.

The young law graduate spent her primary school years in Dalby before moving to Kingaroy with her family for high school.

After high school, she completed her three-year university degree externally so she could stay in the town she loves.

"Staying in my home town was the best option for me,” she said.

"I was also working part time at a local pharmacy, so I wanted to stay local.”

Miss Merton said it was always the goal to become a rural solicitor.

"I guess I just enjoy the field, I'm into human rights and defending people for what is right,” she said.

Miss Merton said she was surprised just how different it was after graduating from the text books and moving into the real world of law.

"The biggest eye opener was how much I thought I knew versus what I actually knew,” she said.

The trainee solicitor said being a young professional, it was important to be involved in community network groups such as South Burnett Young Professionals.

She attended last month's young professionals event and said it was a great opportunity to meet with like-minded people and share the highs and lows with other professionals.

"Networking is important, it helps establish who you are in these early stages,” Miss Merton said.

The South Burnett Young Professionals have their second networking event on Saturday September 15 at the Kingaroy Bowls Club after a very successful inaugural meeting last month.

"I was quite surprised with the turn out, there were a lot more people than I thought,” Miss Merton said.

Starting at 6pm, young professionals (over 18) are invited to come along and enjoy an evening of free lawn bowls, including nibbles, giveaways, lucky door prizes and more.

For more information on the South Burnett Young Professionals, find them on Facebook.

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