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Building an anticorruption environment - Chevening Network Essay

FranGrosso 1 / 1  
Oct 11, 2018   #1
Hi guys, I would love some insight on this essay, I am hoping to apply to chevening!

building relationships

Chevening is looking for individuals with strong professional relationship building skills, who will engage with the Chevening community and influence and lead others in their chosen profession. Please explain how you build and maintain relationships in a professional capacity, using clear examples of how you currently do this, and outline how you hope to use these skills in the future.

Growing up, I faced the challenge to live in very different places. I was born in the countryside, in the outskirts of the city of Mendoza. A few years later, my family moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where we lived many years. Currently, I live in the city of Buenos Aires, the country's capital, where I attended law school and now practice as a lawyer, specializing in ethics and compliance, a field I am very passionate about. These experiences have taught me the challenges of immigration, but specially how to adapt and strive in changing social and cultural environments.

As a lawyer, I believe that a critical element to provide meaningful legal advice is building relationships. For me, the legal profession is all about solving problems, and to solve problems you have to understand them. Interacting with and understanding clients, peers, and policy makers is fundamental.

I have always tried to maintain this approach in the different work experiences I have had so far. This includes legal internships in widely known companies, such as Siemens and SAP, where I was fortunate to work side by side with incredible people. Later on, I was able to secure an associate position in top tier law firms such as Allende & Brea and finally Beccar Varela, the firm I currently work with. Beccar Varela is a pace setting firm in our legal market, and has provided me a resourceful platform for networking.

Each work experience allowed me to reach the next, and along the way l began creating a diverse and fruitful network. This is especially true in the field of compliance, a practice where I found I could make a difference.

In this sense, my work as an associate and my own skill set has provided me with the opportunity to network in different forums. Due to my extensive background with Brazilian culture and my work in compliance, I was asked to join and remain an active member of the Brazilian-Argentine Chamber of Commerce youth committee on the firm behalf. In this forum, where the majority of Brazilian companies with presence in our country are represented, I exchange experiences in the field of compliance with other members.

I am also a member of the Argentine Ethics and Compliance Association and participate in the anti-money laundering committee of the City of Buenos Aires Bar Association, where analyze, discuss and propose regulatory legislation to our local Financial Information Unit.

Furthermore, I co-author articles related to compliance and anticorruption, through a well-established network of collaboration between my firm and legal publications both in Argentina and abroad.

As a Chevening awardee my intention would be to build on the network platform I currently have available and seek to collaborate with other alumni to develop the country's anticorruption environment, which has to be a private and public endeavor to be successful.

ruthmargaretha21 2 / 4 2  
Oct 11, 2018   #2
Hello. Its nice to see fellow practicing lawyers apply for chevening, so good luck!
I think from your essay, you still have not yet focused on the networking skills you possess, instead you explained about the situation that made your connection/network.

My suggestion would be to start from one work experience, then you explain about the things that you do with your network that made your job possible/easier to be conducted.

Hope it helps.
lany83 5 / 15 4  
Oct 12, 2018   #3
Offer only a significant example when the network created helped you out of a difficult situation. So you explain how you develop your network, how you used the network, why it matters in this field of work, and how you plan to promote Chevening through the network you have created
Holt [Contributor] - / 9,022 2714  
Oct 13, 2018   #4
Francisco, there are several networks in this presentation that you should interconnect in your revised essay that could help you prove that you have a currently active and working network in the legal field. These networks are as follows:

1. Beccar Varela
2. Brazilian-Argentine Chamber of Commerce youth committee
3. Argentine Ethics and Compliance Association
4. anti-money laundering committee of the City of Buenos Aires Bar Association

The law firm and organizations indicate a highly important national network on your part. The networking essay should not include your autobiography. Instead, replace with a paragraph about how you develop and continue to develop a working relationship with these committees. If possible, present a case wherein you, as a representative of your law firm had to utilize all the other 3 networks in the resolution of a case you were handling. Such an inter-related networking example will help to further support your possibility as a future leader and influencer in your country as required by the leadership and influencing essay. Connecting the two essays through your networking actions will help increase your profile as a candidate for the scholarship.
OP FranGrosso 1 / 1  
Oct 15, 2018   #5
Thank you @Holt for the advice. Very helpful! I will re edit with this in mind.

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