Liam Buttery joined BGL back in 2016, unsure of the career path he wanted to pursue. We caught up with him to find out more about his current role as a Paralegal in the Group Legal team and how he has balanced working and studying at the same time.
What originally attracted you to BGL?
I had a number of friends that worked at BGL who recommend the Group as a good place to work, as well as an environment that encouraged development and progression.
Tell us about your journey through BGL since you joined the Group…
I joined BGL shortly after graduating from university in August 2016. My first role was within the contact centre as a Customer Experience Representative; I was still unsure at this point whether I wanted to pursue post-graduate studies. I was seconded at the beginning of 2017 into the Incident Management team as an Incident Pillar Executive, during this time I decided to pursue a career to utilise my degree within the Legal profession and received an offer from a local law firm to begin in September 2017. I left the business briefly in July of 2017 to travel Indonesia before I started my new job, and in my final days in the business I was approached by the Group Legal team and was asked if I would like to return to BGL as a Paralegal after my travels, which I was really happy to accept.
Tell us about your role as a Paralegal…
My role as a Paralegal is to assist the lawyers and the Group Legal team in giving advice to BGL’s businesses within the UK on legal issues and queries. This varies from contractual and legal interpretations to advising on projects undertaken by the Group to ensure they meet legal or regulatory requirements.
How has BGL supported you with your career development?
BGL have encouraged me to develop my career further following my university studies with both external and internal training courses. I am currently studying my Legal Practice Course part-time, which BGL is fully funding – I attend university one full weekend per month. I’ve been able to take advantage of flexible working which is fully supported at BGL, which has allowed me to manage my studies effectively alongside my day to day work.
What advice would you give to people balancing work and studies at the same time?
Flexible working is hugely beneficial, not just to manage your study time, but also to prevent fatigue and burnout through long days. Also, I would recommend cutting back on some aspects of your social life and hobbies – this may not be appealing to everyone, but it helps me to get the most from my studies while still managing to make time for the most important aspects of my social life.
And finally, what are you looking forward to in the future?
I look forward to gaining the further qualifications I am studying, thanks to BGL, which will enable my career to hopefully progress within the Group – there are many opportunities to move into different roles.
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