Meet Sharon Samra – Sharon will be looking after all things recruitment related at Reignite. We talked to her about her previous experience and why she’s excited to be joining the team.
Tell us a bit about your previous experience
When I took a career break of four years I was lucky enough to join the recruitment company EJ Legal who saw the value in the nine years of recruitment experience I’d gained prior to the break. I was able to get my career back on track. I was there for five years and loved the work, but became increasingly frustrated by the lack of opportunities available to (mostly) women who had taken a break from their careers for a variety of reasons though usually it was to raise a young family.
How did you hear about Reignite?
I read an article in The Lawyer magazine talking about the launch of the Reignite Academy I immediately knew I needed to get involved. Having been a returner myself, I understood the pressures of hoping you could balance career with family. I also understood the self-doubt that can set in when things have changed so much while you have been away. Taking time out to raise a young family (or the plethora of reasons for a career break) should not mark the end of your ambition. It should simply be seen as a pause while you take care of the other things in your life.
What are you hoping for?
I hope this personal experience along with my deep understanding of the legal recruitment market will make me well placed to help women who want to get back into the law. I am particularly excited by the idea that these returners will hopefully move up the ranks and become partners which will go some way to improving gender equality at senior levels in law firms. The idea of influencing the gender balance at senior levels in the law is an exciting prospect and I fully believe that at RA we will be able to address this problem.
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That’s it for now. We have only one priority at the moment – and that’s spreading the word to potential candidates. So anything you can do to help very much appreciated. Word of mouth is the best comms channel in the world. Just send anyone interested to our website, all the contact details there. https://reigniteacademy.co.uk/