Nelema joined Bott and Co in 2015 as a Legal Assistant for the Holiday Sickness Team. We take a coffee break to find out all about Nelema.
What did you do before joining Bott and Co?
I graduated in Law from the University of Manchester and worked a variety of part-time jobs during my degree, from sales advisor at Topshop to front of house hospitality at Manchester United.
Initially I wanted to work in London after graduating, but having done some work experience over there I realised how much of a home girl I am and I realised that I would miss Manchester too much!
When did you join Bott and Co?
I joined Bott in August 2015 after graduating the same summer. It all happened fairly quickly, but after a summer in Thailand I was eager to jump straight into employment. I was nervous applying for my first full-time job, but I was excited at the prospect of joining a new department.
Tell us more about your role…
I work within the Holiday Sickness Team. In any one day I can be doing a variety of tasks such as setting up new claims, advising clients on offers and dealing with court proceedings. I have also started to negotiate offers with the other side, which is something I am looking forward to doing more frequently. I never envisaged to be working in this area of law, but there is a real sense of excitement within the team, which makes my job so enjoyable.
When I started the department it was fairly new with only two other team members, but now I am part of an expanding team of 12. I am also lucky to be surrounded by experienced solicitors in the Liability Department who are always on hand to pass on their words of wisdom.
What are you career aspirations?
I am currently studying my LPC part-time to qualify as a solicitor. Having passed my first year I have nine months remaining before I am accredited with this qualification. I plan to explore other areas of law in the future, however I am thoroughly enjoying working within civil litigation and embracing all the responsibility I am given.
What are the challenges you face working full-time and studying part-time?
Managing my time effectively and prioritisation are definitively the two skills I have had to master quicker than others. Once I have overcome my own procrastination issues I often struggle for time around my university schedule. On days I have wanted to stay late in the office I have had to leave work early to attend class on time. In an ideal world I would have preferred to study my LPC full-time, but I know working in a law firm gives me invaluable experience and will only open doors to further opportunities.
What are your hobbies?
I have always been an avid traveller as it opens my eyes to ways of life I would never know. Last year I went on a solo adventure to Iceland and it was one of the most enthralling trips I have experienced to date. Snowmobiling over an Icelandic glacier and watching the northern lights dazzle above me was a surreal experience. The summer just gone I jam packed Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines and Dubai into just over two weeks, and it was equally incredible for different reasons. I have always believed that you should make time for your passions, especially in this line of work where the demanding nature of the job can easily take over.
Alongside travelling I would say I am an adrenaline junkie and love anything that gets the heart pumping. Having already completed a bungee jump, skydiving is the next adrenaline-seeking activity on my bucket list that I would love to complete at the next destination I travel to. Outside of work I have always loved outdoor activities and keeping active. Having played netball for 10 years one of my goals at Bott and Co is to set up a netball team that we can compete in weekly.
Where would you like to travel to next?
I would love to go on a wildlife safari in South Africa for my next trip. Although I dislike domestic pets, there is something about witnessing beautiful creatures in their natural habitat which fascinates me. However, following Brexit I should probably make the most of travelling through Europe visa free!
What would be your dream job?
I have always wanted a career that encapsulates my passions, life purpose and technical skill into one package. I would love to build a career as a successful travel blogger whilst also engaging in humanitarian work. I find that travelling helps me become more open minded and tolerant of differences. It also reminds me of how fortunate I am and encourages me to give more back.
How would you describe yourself?
I would probably describe myself as competitive and a lazy perfectionist. Being competitive can sometimes be synonymous with narcissism and greed, but I find that being competitive forces me to be innovative and explore other options to get ahead. I would also say lazy perfectionist as I am often torn between wanting to do absolutely everything, and wanting to do absolutely nothing!