Adeel Ali Mohamedi
Current Employer/Organisation Name
SATTAR & SATTAR
What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?
When I returned to my home country Pakistan from Exeter, I took some time off exploring my further career options. I applied to various law firms and having been accepted to a well-reputed one, I started working there as a full-time Legal Associate. Fast forward to today, I am now engaged to a beautiful local girl and have started a food business on the side, which I am extremely passionate about. However, I am planning to immigrate to another country (have not yet picked one as the one) and am taking steps to enhance my chances of re-locating.
Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?
To be honest, choosing law was not my choice. Unfortunately (or rather fortunately) I did not do well at science subjects at A level and so I switched to the field of commerce. I had a few choices and I opted for the legal field, knowing little about it at that time. I do enjoy aspects of working in the legal sector, for example: reviewing and drafting real contracts is interesting, as well as interacting with clients. One type of work which I have started to really like is company registration. So far, I have single-handedly registered 3 local subsidiaries of foreign companies in Pakistan.
Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?
I was a part of the Pakistani society and Islamic society, and I was quite active in the Pakistani society.
Were you part of the Exeter Student Ambassador Scheme at any point during your studies?
What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?
I absolutely loved all my teachers. My courses were also exciting, but the exposure to my peers from various different countries was the cherry on top. The biggest highlight were the group hangouts almost every week with different students from other countries.
What did you enjoy most about studying here?
The exposure to students from around the world.
Why did you choose to study at Exeter?
I am a fairly introverted individual and during my research I came across Exeter and chose the city due to its relaxed atmosphere, less population and comparatively lower cost of living than the bigger cities, such as London, Manchester or Birmingham to name a few.
What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?
I believe communication is the most important skill every individual must develop, not just for a successful career but also to attain success in other facets of your life. Empathy, team building and emotional intelligence (EQ) are other skills one should focus on too. I have a saying which I follow myself, which also sums up different experiences I have had: “Keep your head down and let your work speak”.
What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?
Legal field is a demanding but rewarding career. Your degree does matter, but what matters more is dedication, smart work, perseverance and the courage to get up after you fall. One other advice that I would give (which I actually later realised myself) is that don’t pursue degrees just for the sake of it. Get some work experience so that you have an idea of various different practice areas. Once you have that, pursuing a Masters or a LPC or Bar-at-Law is no rocket science. Also, because the legal sector is so vast, the earlier you know what you want to achieve, the sooner you’ll have a plan in place to reach there. I wish all current students the best of luck!
What are your plans for the future?
I am currently working in the legal sector, but I see myself devoting more of my time to my business in the future. God willing, I will continue to build my business and expand locally as well as internationally.