5 minutes with Rebecca Ellis
Tell us something people might not know about you? This is always a difficult question. I have two children or a tattoo?! Or, perhaps, I did my degree in art and psychology and am still very passionate about sculpture and painting. Although I do very little of it these days unless I am helping out with my children’s homework! At work, some might not know that I also have operational responsibilities across Totum. It really gives me the breadth of understanding of the legal market and working with different colleagues (outside of the business development (BD) and marketing team). I really enjoy that aerial view of the business and working on developing client relationships across the board. I am really passionate about Totum – is that a bit sad?! You’re treated like a grown up, the culture is great and you are given the best platform to succeed. Our staff turnover is only 5% and we all work flexibly in some capacity whether you have children or not. It is genuinely a lovely place to work and we laugh a lot! What is your background? My degree is in Art & Psychology. I wanted to become an Art Therapist, having done some work with young offenders. However, I went travelling for a year, where I worked as a nanny and when I came back, I got a job for Chambers & Partners, where I ended up in recruitment. I then moved to Carter Murray where I set up the team and worked a number of years before joining Totum nine years ago. I am still loving it here. What career advice would you give to your younger self? I remember my Mum saying, ‘Enjoy your time at University and love studying something you are really passionate about’. I did a degree in Art & Psychology and didn’t know where that would take me but loved the subjects and that is a big part of what matters. That’s not to say we are not passionate about our careers, but I would also say that you should make the most of those opportunities to focus on yourself, and not worry.
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