Working From Home with Sam Corse
Summarise what your job is?
I am a Legal Executive in the Tax and Estate Planning department. I advise and act for clients on Wills, Estate Administrations, Trusts and LPAs. I am also currently training in the Contentious Wills, Trusts and Probate department here at Whitehead Monckton.
How do you get ready to start your day?
I start my day by waking up early and going to the gym or working out in my makeshift gym (garden!) at home. I then like to be back in time/finish for when my son wakes, so that I can spend an hour or so playing and having breakfast with him. I have a desk in the bedroom and start my day around 8am by checking emails and making a to-do list for the day.
What do you miss working in the office?
I am currently in the office 3 days a week and working from home 2 days a week. I am thoroughly enjoying the balance of both. During lockdown I missed the ease of having colleagues readily there to discuss matters with for a second opinion. I also missed the professional sense that comes with working in the office environment which arguably makes you more efficient with your time. Through now having the balance of both office and home working, I am finding myself equally efficient at home.
What is the most challenging part of your job working from home?
Initially it was the set up and attempting to work with a single screen laptop on the kitchen table. However, I am now fully equipped with 2 screens and have a desk at home in the bedroom. I think it goes without saying that having a 6 month old in the house at the start of lockdown was/continues to be a distraction, which is unavoidable when having to share in the fascination of a toy screwdriver, fire engine siren or children’s book midway into the working day. However I have loved the time I have got to, and continue to get to, spend with my son (especially in the mornings when there is no commute to work) and being able to watch him grow up. It is invaluable and therefore makes any challenge in working from home worthwhile.
How do you relax when you finish work?
Spending time with my son before his bedtime and then settling down with my partner to watch some telly (hopefully football). I am also trying to learn to play golf and so try and get down the driving range of an evening.