AFTER 17 YEARS WORKING FOR PUBLIC SECTOR CLIENTS, AYODELE AJOSE HAD PROVEN HERSELF AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL - BUT SHE STILL HAD A HUNGER TO DO SOMETHING NEW. CONTRACT WORK OPENED UP OPPORTUNITIES SHE'D NEVER IMAGINED.
"When my last role finished, I was conscious that I'd spent all my career in a government company. Most people think that if you work for one sector, you don't have the skills to survive in the other. So I was determined to work in the private sector for a global company.
"Contracting was something I'd been considering. Then, by chance, AG Integrate got in touch. We had a chat over tea and cake and they really got to know me: my likes, loves, goals, knowledge and skills. It's a bit like internet dating, I suppose. They look at your profile and personality and find a role based on who you are and what you want.
"Consulting is an excellent way to nurture your legal know-how, to grow, learn to trust your instincts, hit the ground running and break through barriers."
"My first placement was at a financial services company where I learned a huge amount about data and GDPR. And, for the past 18 months, I've been Head of Intellectual Property and International at Britvic. Every time you take on a new role, you have to leave your ego at the door and be prepared for whatever comes your way. But I've found it fascinating.
"One of the great benefits is the variety. You can try almost any industry. Any business sector."
"Plus, because it's not a full-time 9-5, 6, 7, 8... job, it's allowed me to take on other opportunities. I'm also working as a Non-Executive Director, something that would never be possible if I was in a traditional employed role. Now I have a good balance - and a far broader skillset."
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