I was looking for a part time role with flexibility and Plexus was one of the first in the market with this kind of career offering.
What does flexibility mean to you?
Flexibility means I can fit meaningful legal work in to my lifestyle. I’m still able to pursue travel, friends and skiing. I don’t have the responsibility of managing a team or a long-term work commitment to one employer.
Plexus engagements come to an end, so I can have a break before I take on the next engagement. The lifestyle of a Plexus secondee appeals as it allows me to enjoy a full and active life outside of work.
Tell us about your transition to Plexus.
The client doesn’t treat me any differently from any other team member here, so I feel like a true part of the team. This is a much more flexible way of working than what I was doing before. I’m able to take more leave and travel more than I otherwise would have been able to. Taking part time secondments has also allowed me to commit to other activities with family and friends during the week and after work; I couldn’t do this when working at a law firm.
What are the benefits of working in this way?
I like that I don’t take home a work phone or a work computer. I like working on an as-needs basis where the decision to be on a secondment rests with me. And moving from client to client allows me to broaden and strengthen my skillset.
If given the opportunity to take a permanent position it would have to be a better offer than what I enjoy with Plexus and I’m not sure I’d find that elsewhere.
What are your tips for other lawyers?
Give Plexus a go. Sometimes doing something different helps you to learn what you like doing and what you don’t and therefore you can’t lose. Think about the reasons you’re looking for a change from the law firm environment and be open to alternative ways of working. You’ll get access to such different and varied work with Plexus.
Chris has been working with Plexus for over 2 and half years on several secondments across a range of industries including transport & logistics, consumer goods and technology.