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The Clifford Chance careers podcast

The Clifford Chance Careers Podcast features individuals from around the Firm discussing career advice, hot topics and giving unique insights into their personal journeys.

From informal chats to deep-dives into the future of work, we offer a wide range of insights for you to listen to on the move. The Clifford Chance Careers Podcast is also available on Apple Podcasts and Acast.

The Smarts Series

We invited Saj Jetha and his microphone in to meet some of our amazing people. The result is these ten episodes in the Smarts series, each one showcasing a different 'life-hack' from the book 'The Smarts: Big little hacks to take you a long way at work'. You’ll hear each guest’s inspiring story, explore the different hacks they use to work smart, and get tips on how you can work smart too. These episodes are a must for anyone interested in life at Clifford Chance, what it takes to succeed here, and what you can do to unlock your own talent. 

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    The Smarts Series 1: Quincy Bellot

    Quincy, a former Royal Marine now turned associate in our Global Asset Finance Group, talks about how he learnt to be calm under pressure during active service and how he now uses this key skill as a lawyer. He explains how his self-awareness and belief have been the driving forces behind his successes as well as how he always finds the time to reflect and plan ahead.

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    The Smarts Series 1: Lizzie Goodburn

    Chief of Staff, Lizzie Goodburn, reflects on her previous life as an Olympic rower and the importance of receiving, and most vitally hearing, feedback. She discusses the need to really know yourself and how to learn to stay balanced and grounded in a very hectic world.

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    The Smarts Series 1: Jennifer Mbaluto

    Jennifer discusses the value of her emotional intelligence in overcoming cultural differences after moving to Clifford Chance in London from Kenya. Now a Partner, she discusses how her passion for Africa has been at the heart of her career journey so far.

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    The Smarts Series 1: Peter Chapman

    Peter, one of our Finance Partners in the Tech Group, talks about the ways in which he is continually learning in his role. He offers an insight into our IGNITE programme and what anyone thinking of applying should expect from this tech-focused training contract.

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    The Smarts Series 1: Laura Yeates

    Laura, Head of Graduate Talent explains the importance of being able to tell a good story and shares one particular tale of the 'Grotto Girl'. She explores the importance of harnessing your creativity and not being afraid to fail.

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    The Smarts Series 2: Choosing Your Degree

    You have to study Law to be a lawyer, don’t you? In this episode, we explore the answer to this question with Junior Product Manager and future IGNITE trainee Hayley Kwan. Hayley said no to convention and chose a different path. Her decision to study computer science has now allowed her to combine law and tech, using the skills obtained during her degree to bring a different perspective to her work and her team.

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    The Smarts Series 2: Applying to University

    Do you have to go to a certain type of university to be a lawyer? Do you have to be a certain type of person to go to one of those universities? Victor Taiwo and Saif Jalali, both future trainees, share their responses to these questions. Victor’s news of rejection from his first-choice university has led to opportunities he never knew existed, and Saif has overcome personal tragedy and circumstances to dedicate himself to securing his future. Both have learned the importance of valuing the person over the institution, and of believing in yourself.

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    The Smarts Series 2: Work Experience

    You might think that only work experience gained at law firms is applicable when it comes to securing a place on a programme. In this episode, current trainee, Mollie MacGinty, conveys the transferable skills she picked up as an elf in Santa’s Grotto and explains how they helped her land a place on the award-winning Spark programme. Yes, you read that right! It’s all about learning from everything that you do, and, as you’ll hear, the ability to tell a great story.

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    The Smarts Series 2: Building Your Network

    Networking is something you do at fancy functions after you’ve graduated and started your career, right? Not according to Tom Moran, Lorraine Chimbga, and Gloria Opoku-Agyemang, all future trainees, who share their tips and tricks in this episode. Whether it's through activism or societies, offering your services to others, or even through your teachers and acquaintances, networking can be an organic experience and most importantly, an opportunity for learning.

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    The Smarts Series 2: Your First 90 Days at University

    Your first 90 days at university can be a whirlwind. There’s no time to think about your future when you’re learning how to cook and do laundry on top of your studies! Here, SPARK alumni Wanipa Ndhlovu talks about how she managed to build a network of supportive people and start making positive steps towards her career as a lawyer. You don’t have to wait until second year to start. Wanipa didn’t. Hear about some of the exciting opportunities that have come out of that decision.

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