How Flex helped Ali secure a paralegal role at UserZoom
We recently had a chance to catch up with Ali, who has recently secured a permanent position with digital UX company UserZoom following a successful Flex placement. Ali shared a lot of great info with us including his journey so far, what drew him to Flex, and even some advice for anyone currently on a job hunt!
Could you tell us a bit about your background and education?I graduated with a Bachelors in Law in 2015 and completed my Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School in 2017. Shortly after I took on a role as a corporate paralegal at a Magic Circle firm and then moved into the regulatory and compliance field.
Have you always been interested in the legal industry?I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do after completing my A levels, I knew my best assets at the time were my problem solving and attention to detail. In researching which career these skills could be best utilised I came across law and became interested in the idea of using the law to help people and their businesses. I further became reassured of this decision during my pro bono work and legal work experiences during my time at University.
Where did you first hear about Flex Legal?During my time at a Magic Circle firm, I came across quite a few people who were doing temp work for Flex and I was impressed with the variety of experience they were receiving from both law firms and in-house. I liked the idea of having the option of choosing what projects to take on and having the opportunity to work around your own schedule.
Could you tell us a bit more about your placement with User Zoom?Flex placed me at UserZoom in October 2020. Having only worked at law firms I wasn’t really sure what to expect working in the legal team for a global software company but I found the experience to be exciting. I have worked on numerous projects relating to information security, data protection, legal technology and regulatory work. The role has allowed me to consider the commercial impact of the legal work on the company, broadening my commercial awareness and tailoring my legal advice accordingly. I was also given in-depth training sessions in contract reviewing and data protection, giving me a new understanding of aspects to consider in these areas. I was originally only meant to be there for a short period of time but I really embraced the role and was offered a permanent position, which I accepted. The opportunity has provided me with interesting work and paths to progression, and I am really grateful to Flex for offering me this placement.
Would you recommend Flex Legal to others seeking paralegal positions?Definitely! Flex can provide the type of experience that is not common and can really make your CV stand out in what is a really competitive profession. Whether you are just starting out in your legal journey or whether you have experience to hand, Flex can match you to various reputable firms and in-house counsels depending on your skillset and experience. It can also lead to permanent positions and training contracts for those looking.
What advice would you give to those currently applying for jobs?I would say to persevere until you get the job you want. Never look at rejection as defeat and don’t let it drag you down, use it to refine your applications and to try adding something new. Another piece of advice is to remember to use evidence and examples after you have mentioned a transferrable skill you have, see it as a piece of written legal work. Also, I’m sure you’ve heard this plenty of times, but carry out in-depth research into the company or firm you are applying, get an understanding of their ethos, culture and the work they do and tailor your applications accordingly.
Finally, do you have any general tips for coping with lockdown life?Lockdown has been difficult on us all, remembering to take care of your mental health is of paramount importance. Try to utilise your space efficiently, as tempting as it may be try not to work in areas where you would usually relax and for example watch TV, find a place in your home where you can just focus on working. That way when work is over you can mentally clock out. Also try and get out of the house and get some fresh air every day, and get a bit of exercise in daily if you can.
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