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The Aspire networking and professional group met on Wednesday 15 November 2017. Hosted by Sophie Gould, Head of In-house, LexisNexis, this session looked at career transitions and choices and business partnering, how to use technology in the legal team and an interactive Q&A session. Aspire meets 4 times a year and provides a free networking forum which is a key life line to many starting out in their in-house legal career.
Career transitions and business partnerships
Toby Hornett who recently took up a role as Learning and Development Manager at Canon following a number of years in legal – most recently as Legal Director - spoke about career transitions and business partnerships.
Everyone goes through career transitions, albeit on different scales and at different levels. A number of smaller transitions can ultimately result in a larger change and these should be embraced, even if they are not planned.
Big transitions, perhaps in sector or function, are best done in steps, and steps are typically easier when taken internally (you can see this illustrated in a diagram here). A key element in successfully navigating such a change the people you know and impressions you’ve made.
So, if you’re considering making a change, create opportunities for
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Lauren Fairservice is a paralegal in the LexisPSL In-house, Compliance and Practice Management Group.
Prior to joining LexisNexis in May 2016, Lauren spent a year in-house at ClientEarth, helping to coordinate their climate litigation work and two years in the IP Litigation team at Bristows LLP. She holds the GDL and LPC, as well as an MSc in Environment & Development and a degree in Geography.
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