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  • 4. Remote Work and Emerging Trends: perspective from attorney Osama Malik

    This week Sophie Odgers-Roe interviewed Osama Malik, an attorney and political commentator based in Islamabad in Pakistan. Osama will explain us how hybrid working is permeating the law field notwithstanding the importance of face-to-face contact in certain areas of law. Osama will also share the latest trends in the legal landscape with the appearance of new phenomena such as the legalization of cannabis, blockchain and cryptocurrency.Key points:00:03 Introducing Osama Malik: A Diverse Legal Career02:20 The Impact of Remote Working in Law03:48 Pros and Cons of Remote and Hybrid Working05:36 Remote Working's Influence on Career Starters06:54 The Future of Law Firms: Hybrid and Remote Work08:24 Adaptability and Resilience in Law10:16 Advice for Aspiring Lawyers in the UAE11:53 Emerging Legal Trends: Crypto, Blockchain, and More

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  • 3. Exploring Legal Career Pathways: A Conversation with Alex McGill

    In this episode our Careers Consultant Sophie Odgers-Roe interviews Alex McGill, a private client legal executive from the UK.Alex illustrates us various aspects of the legal roles in the UK, including the differences between paralegals, legal executives, and solicitors, the training routes available, the implications of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), the growth of emerging roles in legal tech, and the importance of collaboration in the legal profession.Key points:01:16 - Exploring Emerging Roles in Law02:00 - Exploring Legal Roles: Paralegals, Legal Executives, and Solicitors03:23 - The Journey and Challenges of Becoming a Legal Executive05:50 - The Impact of the SQE on Legal Qualifications08:33 - The Accessibility and Awareness of the Legal Executive Pathway10:37 - Embracing Technology and Innovation in Legal Roles12:54 - The Importance of Collaboration in Legal Work16:07- Advice for Aspiring Legal Executives
  • 2. Navigating Cybersecurity Trends with Tina Fernandez

    In today’s episode Sophie will interview Tina Fernandez, a Technology lawyer based in London. She will retrace her career journey into the legal field from her first LLB with the University of London as a remote student in Malaysia to the launch of her own firm as Orbital Law, a legal consultancy specialised in information technology law, data privacy and cyber security. Tina will also describe us the new threat to cyber security and data privacy and how an understanding of the commercial side of the business has given her a unique insight (such as scamming emails, the introduction of artificial intelligence, remote working).Key points:[01:08] - Meet Tina Fernandes: A Journey from Malaysia to Cybersecurity Law[02:49] - The Genesis of Orbital Law: Specializing in IT Law and Cybersecurity[03:30] - Empowering SMEs with Legal Expertise in Technology[06:09] - Navigating Compliance and Data Privacy in Tech Law[08:09] - Exploring the Frontiers of Cybersecurity Trends[13:53] - The British Airways Hack: A Case Study in Cybersecurity Breach[15:49] - Commercial Awareness and the Future of Legal Practice[23:22] - The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Its Impact[26:35] - Adaptability and Resilience: Skills for the Future Lawyer
  • 1. The Future of Law: Insights on AI and Legal Tech from Abhivardhan

    In this episode Sophie Odgers-Roe will be in conversation with Abhivardhan, a Technology Law specialist based in India. Our speaker will illustrate us the main concerns of AI globally in privacy and data protection, the use of AI judges in certain countries judicial system and the overall impact of technology in the legal profession.Key points:[00:55] Introduction of Abhirvardhan[02:14] Abhivardhan's background and Journey into Technology Law[04:05] Privacy, Consent, and AI in the Legal Sector[06:53] AI Judges and the Future of Judicial Systems[09:50] The Evolution of Legal Tech and AI in the Chinese Law[13:21] Digital Skills for the Modern Lawyer[18:14] Emerging Roles and Opportunities in Legal Tech[21:57] Progress in your Career in Legal Tech and AI[26:41] Final ThoughtsResources mentioned in the podcast:TipsyTom - AI powered legal assistant that prepares first drafts of legal documentsArtificial Intelligence Ethics and International Law - Book written by AbhivardhanThe Need to Reinvent India’s Regulatory Capacity & Intelligence for Artificial Intelligence - article of Abhivardhan featured in the IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry Journal
  • 4. Zoe Bowers: financial accountant turned English Language School founder, navigating the challenges and joys of teaching

    This week we are looking at a very unique career change with our speaker Zoe Bowers. Zoe is the founder of Bowers English Communication, an English school based in Basel, Switzerland where she lives. Zoe will tell us how she reinvented herself as an English teacher. She will share with us the joys and difficulties of being a teacher, how she bridges cultural differences and how decisive setbacks in her career path happened to become incredible opportunities of growth and change.Key points:[01:46] – Zoe Bowers presentation[02:22]- Working and cultural environment in Basel, Switzerland[03:10] - How do you adapt to such a variety of students of different nationalities?[04:11] – How have you shifted to your current role as English teacher and specialist?[07:19] – Why did you embark on a BA in English literature despite working in finance at that time?[09:02] – Which skills you gained from studying this degree course?[09:58] – The value of the Humanities[12:40]- Zoe’s experience working in many international context around the world[14:46] – How did you adapt to the demanding and hight pressure working culture of USA?[17:16] – Advice for balancing work, life and study time[19:10] – How did you start to think about changing career from finance to teaching?[22:11] – What are the fundamental skills to work in the teaching sector?[26:58] – What is the most surprising and unexpected aspect of the teaching profession?[30:35] – Did you have a career plan Zoe?[33:14] – Have you faced any setbacks in your career?[38:19] – The importance of remembering personal achievements and success[41:30] - How the technologies and digital software are changing the language learning field ?[44:07] – Advice for students considering a career as language teacher[46:38] – Growth in demand of linguistic services (language softening, proofreading, translation ect.)[50:38] – Advice for professionals in different stages of their career ( careers starters, developers and changers)?[53:02] – Zoe is a UoL Alumni ambassador. What kind of support do you provide to students as such?
  • 3. Alex Burke: My career in Education driven by the power of Humanities

    In this episode, our host Edwin Marr interviews Alex Burke, Senior Programme Administrator for the Divinity degree course at the University of London. Prior to working at the University, Alex had a long career across Secondary Education starting as a teacher and then progressing as headteacher and Head of Department. He retraces his career through the challenges and joys of the teaching profession sharing with us valuable tips on the importance of human connection, teamwork and networking.Key points: [01:57] – Alex Burke presentation and overview of it professional journey[12:51] – Alex current role as Senior Programme Administrator for the BA Divinity Programme (UoL)[16:11] – Which skills do you think that Humanistic studies provide with?[20:36] – What are your views on the future of the Humanities?[23:33] - How the rise of AI will influence Humanities[26:08] – Any advice on how to handle this period of rapid change and transformation?[28:18] – Advice for careers changers[31:52] – What advice do you have for somebody approaching a management position for the first time?[36:36]- Did you have a career plan?[40:52] – The importance of human relationship and human connection[44:04] – Do you have any advice for somebody that is navigating the different careers stages of his professional journey?Websites mentioned:
  • 2. Carlo Di Celico: My career journey in the Technology sector across Ethics and AI

    The focus of this episode is on Humanities applied to the Technology sector with our guest, Carlo di Celico. Carlo based in New England, in US, will illustrate us how he is using his BA studies in Philosophy with the University of London to inform his job in developing AI technologies. He will retrace his career from his early steps as computer repair technician until his current job position as AI Project Leader. And, finally, he will share with us his predictions on the future of AI and describe us the transdisciplinary nature of his job crossing the borders of technology, philosophy and ethicsKey points:[02:01] – Carlo di Celico presentation[02:44] – How did you find your current job?[03:54] – How did you started your career in the tech sector? And how do your values align with your work?[06:20] – How does the BA in Philosophy in which you are enrolled fit in your career in Tech?[07:41] – What will be the impact of AI in the future of work?[11:24] – Do you think that a multidisciplinary skillset will be an advantage in the tech future of work?[15:02] – The effect of bringing the Humanities into STEM and AI[18:33] – Any advice for Humanities student that want to move into the Tech sector?[20:23] – Carlo’s predictions on the changes and transformations in the Tech sector in the next years[23:58] – What people underestimate about my job as AI Project Leader[25:53] – Which advice would you give to somebody undecided about weather to work for a start-up or a big company?[27:30] – Essential skillset for a tech consultant?[28:51] – Any advice for professionals in the American labour market?[29:57] – Is the stereotype on American working long hours true?[32:16] – How can students prepare to this rapidly changing job market?[34:16] – Amongst the vast quantity of online learning options and information available online, how can a student orient himself?[37:32] – Did you have a career plan?[40:45] – Any advice for someone that is navigating its career journey?