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Your path to success

Your path to success

By YL Executive Committee

Members of the YL Executive Committee outline their career progression. Thomas Hobbs, LIV YL vice-president. Career path. Legal recruitment. Current role. Senior consultant, Burgess Paluch Legal Recruitment. Former roles. Lawyer at Holding Redlich, legal officer at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Why did you take your current career path? I moved into legal recruitment because I knew it was focused on people and developing and nurturing relationships. It is highly transactional by nature with a lot of negotiation, potentially very rewarding both from an emotional and financial perspective, and it really taps into my background in law and ability to understand lawyers and their employers. How did you develop the skills you needed? Before making the transition, I wanted to ensure that I had read widely and spoken to as many relevant people as possible. Having studied hard in law and worked as a lawyer the move needed to be a good one, taking into account what I was giving up, and it has worked out well. It is a role that is difficult to prepare for though any lawyer should have strong organisational, communication, negotiation and business skills, and I've found these useful on a daily basis. My marketing and business development skills have certainly developed quickly in the role.

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