The Faces of Professional Services Week: Pardeep Lagha
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Pardeep Lagha, Trainee Solicitor, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP
How long have you been working at your current employer? Since August 2015
How do you travel into work each day? Train
How would you describe in no more than two hundred words your working week?
As a Trainee Solicitor in a global law firm, my working week tends to be quite varied and there is certainly no such thing as a “normal day” in the office. I am currently working within the Corporate team, which means my daily work involves assisting on a number of corporate transactions. This includes: drafting legal documents, assisting on negotiations and attending teleconference calls/meetings.
I have quite an active social calendar as I am involved in a number of activities outside of work, both through my firm and other organisations such as Birmingham Future and Young Professional Women’s Group. As such, about two or three mornings and/or evenings of my week usually involve me attending various events with these networks.
What made you decide to go into a professional services career?
My first experience of the professional services was during my year 10 Work Experience Placement at a local law firm, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
At what point in your life did you realise that working in professional services was for you?
I first realised this was the career I wanted to pursue during Sixth Form, whilst studying English Language, Psychology and Modern History.
What other jobs did you consider before deciding on a career in professional services?
My first dream job was to become a professional dancer!
What are the top three things you love about working in professional services?
Firstly, the people/client interaction – as a Trainee Solicitor, a large part of my work involves dealing with and working alongside people, which includes both colleagues and our clients
Secondly, the career progression opportunities available within my sector
Finally, socialising with colleagues and networking with other professionals at events
What do you most look forward to doing during your week at work?
Learning something new.
What is your favourite lunchtime haunt?
Birmingham now has a fantastic selection of independent cafes, restaurants and bars, which all provide great locations for a lunchtime visit. However, as there are so many good ones it is difficult to pick just one!
During the past month- describe what has been your working highlight?
Assisting on a huge corporate case, which involved working alongside many colleagues, with lots of different people involved, to help a client on the other side of the world reach its desired business solution to their legal problem. This case did involve having to work quickly and efficiently to time and business pressures, whilst working flexibly to international time differences. Overall, I really enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot from being involved.
What your favourite way to wind down after a day at the office?
Going for a nice evening meal and drink either in Birmingham city centre or somewhere closer to home.
I also enjoy catching up with friends and family. This is usually through a lunch-time walk around Birmingham city centre, a morning coffee or an after-work cocktail (or two) at a local pub/bar.
If you could give one piece of advice to anyone thinking about a career in professional services what would it be?
Do your research. Embarking on a career in professional services is highly competitive, so anyone thinking about pursuing a career in the professional services needs to fully understand what such a career involves, its rewards and advantages, in order to learn how to make yourself the most attractive candidate for potential employers.