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After attending Middlesex University Dubai, Noorah Suhaib Mohamed came to CEVA Logistics, a world-class supply chain solutions leader. The legal counsel is proud to work for a company that’s given her the flexibility to enjoy work/life balance and to grow in the field.
She shares her professional development efforts, the importance of accepting new opportunities, and her mentorship journey.
What is one of the biggest misconceptions about being an attorney or the legal function itself?
I would say that the biggest misconceptions is the idea that lawyers work 24/7. When I started law school, I was always told that while working in law, you will get emails round the clock, and you will need to be available outside normal works hours as everything you do is always urgent. The only exception to this is to work in-house, however, I was also told that in-house is not the best option for fresh graduates.
I am happy to say that both those misconceptions were debunked when I joined CEVA Logistics. I am able to enjoy a great work life balance and have flexibility to grow professionally in both CEVA and the legal field. I am able to take time to attend events and network with like-minded professionals to further develop my understanding in the field.
What’s a piece of unconventional advice you’ve received that was helpful?
To open your horizon and accept any and all opportunities that come your way. This advice helped me to realize that I did not need to take the traditional route and to just get your foot in the field. I thought I knew what I wanted to do after graduating and I was expecting to achieve the same. However, after a long look in the mirror and months of looking for a job, I realized that if I open my options up to all opportunities and roles available, I would be able to get experiences in fields that I would not expect. This has led me to my current role in in-house.
What is the most meaningful case or pro bono experience you’ve worked on?
As a law student, I was grateful to have a wonderful mentor who supported and guided me through my final year, and to this day, she still continues to support me. After having this experience, I decided to take on the role of mentor this time around and guide someone else through the same struggles I had. This is an ongoing experience that I am a part of, which I am excited for. I am currently a mentor in the Middlesex University Dubai Future Lawyers Network’s Mentoring Scheme and also a mentor in the Empower M.E. GROW scheme. I am looking forward to seeing where this heading towards as the time progresses.
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