Sheffield is a great city for work-life balance
In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March, we are sharing the experiences of Sheffield women in businesses all week. Follow @Creativesheff to learn more.
Archana Makol, chief counsel at BT Legal and director at BT Law Ltd, is used to pushing herself out of her comfort zone, and has forged a successful career in the legal industry as a result.
As a leading advocate of Sheffield’s North Shoring campaign – which encouraged legal services firms from London and the South East to locate in Sheffield – Archana has also been a driving force in the city’s inward investment initiative.
What were your early ambitions?
I started off wanting to be a journalist but was told I was very argumentative so should go for the law!
What advice would you give to your 14-year-old self?
Your hard work will pay off! I was brought up to always try my best, but that is not always cool when you are 14.
Why have you chosen to do business in South Yorkshire?
I came back to South Yorkshire as my family are here but I work for a global company so get the best of both worlds. It is a great city for work life balance.
What is the most challenging thing about your job and what is the most rewarding?
When my kids were younger it was definitely juggling everything and staying on top. These days it is still about juggling priorities but I love the fact that the role is ever evolving. Advising the business on legal matters is a given, but being a trusted partner that helps the business to improve and learn is very rewarding.
Has there been a pivotal moment in your career that propelled it forward more than any other?
Probably when I was took up a sideways move outside of my immediate comfort zone. I recall a few colleagues expressing some surprise, but it exposed me to some different pressures and taught me that I did not need to be a text book expert in everything I did as long as someone in the team was.
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