Ernie was a government scholarships student, who graduated with an LLB (Hons) and LLM in International Competition Law and Policy from UK Universities. She worked as a lecturer in Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia for 6 years (from 2008 to 2014). She was awarded Malaysia Certificate in Legal Practice in 2012. Currently, Ernie runs her own consultancy business (with another business partner) on imported food products from Malaysia and is the Director of Dagangnation Ltd, a company registered in the UK. She also gives private tutoring on LLB and GDL subjects in the Liverpool area and some volunteering research work for RAISE Liverpool, a welfare rights organisation.