At NOVA8, I feel like I’m part of the future of the legal industry. After practising as a corporate/M&A lawyer for several years, I was starting to think about making the move in-house, though I remained slightly apprehensive of the prospect of foregoing the variety and challenge of private practice. NOVA8 has given me the opportunity to have the best of both worlds, with my role being split between strategic internal projects and external consultant work, enabling me to continue to deepen my skillset through a wide range of challenging and interesting legal work whilst simultaneously gaining valuable in-house experience.
My role has enabled me to gain valuable experience. My first client assignment with a high-profiled tech unicorn enabled me to gain not only technical know-how in a new area but also valuable hands-on experience in managing stakeholders in a fast-paced business environment. I am also enjoying working with a progressive, tech-savvy and forward-looking team, especially given that we operate in an environment fuelled by innovation and rapid change. I’m constantly being challenged in new ways, which has benefitted me on both a professional and personal level.
I am much happier being able to advance my legal career without having to sacrifice the ability to pursue my passions. The NOVA8 team are extremely supportive and inherently respectful of priorities outside of work, which is not something lawyers always get in private practice. I am currently training to be a yoga teacher and am also looking forward to travelling (once that becomes an option). I also now have much more control over the type of work I do, meaning that I can focus on honing skills in the areas of my choosing, because it’s work that I genuinely want to take on.
This new economy has shown that you can achieve your professional and personal goals on your own terms. I have realised that there isn’t necessarily one fixed path to success and happiness. For a young lawyer, it can be difficult to imagine a career that veers away from the beaten path and traditional priorities we were taught to have. However, if you are able to shift your perspective, you will likely find that you can have more control over your career and derive more meaning and joy from your work, while still having space for other interests and priorities.