Carien Brady, head of professional development for the Africa Region at Fasken Martineau, sat down with Global Mining partner Lucas Moalusi to gain insights on what a practitioner needs to take into account ten years into their career.
Did Emma look in her crystal ball in 2007 and see her career path as it has turned out? "Well, I didn't think that I'd ever call myself a tax lawyer! I started my career at a NYC law firm, Davis Polk. After four years there as a corporate associate (ultimately specialising in executive compensation), I was offered the opportunity to join Morgan Stanley's tax counsel group, covering the firm's executive compensation and carried interest arrangements.
Has the road Kerry chose been one she anticipated or has she re-evaluated her goals and expectations and taken a different route? "I have always adopted a 'just keep moving' view on life and, as such, it is no surprise that I am currently living on a different continent. However, this far into my legal journey, I am definitely re-evaluating my life goals and expectations, and I do anticipate that a drastic change is in on the horizon – as the saying goes, 'I am on the hunt for who I've not yet become'."
Ashleigh who is a Senior Associate with Glyn Marais says that the route she has followed has, "for the most part, been the one I expected to take insofar as climbing the corporate ladder is concerned and achieving the various levels of seniority within my timeframes. I feel that I have re-evaluated my goals insofar as I seek to achieve more of a work / life balance.
Eleanor says, "I am currently working in London for the Law Society of England and Wales. This has been an excellent opportunity to transfer my skills to a global market and begin the process of dual qualifying as a Solicitor in England and Wales.
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Jacques says of the past 10-years, "In my career I found myself being presented with unanticipated opportunities that afforded me the ability to acquire new and varied skills. Over the past eight years my career has evolved from being an Associate at Werksmans, within the Commercial Department – Mergers and Acquisitions, to my current extensive role as Executive: Legal, Secretarial and Human Resources of Clover Industries Limited, a company listed on the main board of the JSE.
Beverley, who served articles with the firm where she is now a senior associate, ENSafrica, was asked whether the road she selected to travel has been one she anticipated or has she had to re-evaluate her goals and expectations and take a different route? "Isn't this the golden question we ask ourselves! I believe we will be asking ourselves this question over and over again as the years go by, no matter what profession or field we have chosen to pursue in life.
Franziska was awarded her LLD in March 2013 and says, "I am still on the route I planned to take once I had graduated, namely an academic career."
Judd says of his legal route, "Unlike most children who want to be astronauts or firemen, I grew up always wanting to be a lawyer. Since leaving Wits, I've stuck to my chosen path and practised exclusively as a competition lawyer, both in South Africa and also in the UK."