There are a number of things you can do. Firstly, exposure to a mix of commercial work is invaluable. The type of work in your firm may include banking and financial services, property, intellectual property, IT/telco or trade practices
Also, nothing beats on-the-ground experience. A secondment will acquaint you with the corporate environment and its drivers.
You should look into your options for upskilling. The Institute of Chartered Secretaries offers diplomas in corporate governance and company secretariat. A combined master of laws/management degree or an MBA is useful if management is your goal.
If all else fails, you can explore in-house roles that may not be strictly legally focussed. If you feel you can do the role and that your legal skills would be a bonus, go out there and sell yourself!
- Joanne Glanz, executive consultant, Mahlab Recruitment
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