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We Support Your Ambition: An interview with Panagiota Pourtzii

Panagiota joined us in 2019 to study the LLM Company Law at our Moorgate campus. We caught up with her to discuss her career ambitions and the most important skills she’s learnt during her studies.

By Cara Fielder. Published 4 November 2022. Last updated 3 January 2023.

One of the main reasons I decided to study at The University of Law is because it prepares you for a professional career and introduces you to various modules and study options. I was extremely happy to see the wide range of modules available. In addition to that, it was the only university that had the exact course I wanted to study with the flexibility to choose modules on legal technology, which interest me greatly. 

When I think about my career ambitions, in five years I aspire to have a broad set of skills that will assist me to work within legal businesses and corporations in general. Hopefully, I will be able to practice corporate law either in the UK or in Cyprus. In addition to that, I want to develop my current skills in a meaningful way. I also see myself expanding my knowledge in other areas such as legal technology and artificial intelligence.

Regarding my professional ambitions, I am already working towards my goals. For instance, I took the opportunity that the University provided and volunteered for pro bono work. Thanks to this, I met the amazing team that provides community services at Toynbee Hall. I had the chance to develop my legal skills and assist vulnerable people who cannot afford legal advice. Apart from that, I have also completed internships which have allowed me to develop my legal and corporate skills.

As for my personal ambitions, I am still working really hard to develop myself and improve certain skills. Over the past few months, I have managed to learn two more languages, French and Arabic. I am dedicated to becoming the best version of myself and accomplishing as much as I can. Of course, to achieve my goals, I have and still have to go through some challenges. However, ambitious people like me, are not afraid of challenges and are not afraid to make mistakes because they know that the results are totally worth it.

I was never sure what I wanted to do in the future. However, while studying, I was introduced to legal technology modules such as artificial intelligence and blockchain, the internet of things, and other interesting modules. I was so excited to learn new aspects and areas of law and, after attending my workshops, I had a clear understanding of what I would like to go into when I graduate.

There are quite a few people that have inspired me to work hard and set goals. One of them is the tutor on my Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain module. She is an amazing human being who introduced me to legal technology, an area that I knew nothing about.

The main things that I am going to take away from my time at The University of Law are the professional and practical skills that I have gained. This has allowed me to develop critical skills such as communication, interpersonal and other skills that will benefit my career in the long term.

For all the new students, I would recommend you engage more with their tutors.

Lots of my classmates have similar career ambitions and goals as mine, and that has helped me to become more hard-working because the competition in this sector is rising. I believe, however, that each one of us can motivate and encourage each other without having to be extremely competitive.

If I could give my younger self any advice, it would include - be patient and have faith in yourself.


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