Back in 2016, Emma Sinclair was working as a senior legal counsel for one of the world’s largest oil and gas services companies. As is typical in the sector, significant travel was a standard part of the job, alongside tight deadlines, demanding clients and a continually changing industry. Having worked there for several years and been promoted in that time, Emma knew what was required and enjoyed the challenges of the role, company and oil and gas industry.
Despite relishing her work, Emma’s personal situation was evolving and she felt like she was spending too much time away from her very young children. Regardless of the fact that she was reaching the pinnacle of her career; Emma opted to leave her position, with nothing else lined up. With childcare Emma’s main priority, she believed that work wasn’t an option for the immediate future.
However, Emma bumped into a former colleague, who was working as a freelancer through Vario. Having listened to their story, Emma decided to apply to Vario. Emma completed the stringent application process and was duly accepted. An offer of work soon followed and the client was able to flex the hours to suit Emma’s needs and offer two long days per week.
Emma initially signed up for 3 months, but eventually stayed in post for 6 months. Working in this way allowed her to spend the time with her children, which was her main reason for stepping away from a full-time permanent job. However, it also provided the opportunity to complete interesting and challenging legal work for an international business.
Emma said: ‘It’s been a really positive experience. I’ve enjoyed meeting new people, working in a new environment and understanding how a different organisation works. It’s allowed me to spend more time with my children, whilst enjoying my legal work. I’ve enjoyed the work without the intense pressure that I’ve previously experienced. Almost importantly as completing the work, it’s ensured that I’ve kept my legal skills and knowledge up-to-date, which is crucial as I continue to work as a lawyer and want my career to continue developing.’
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