ProudConnector Unveiled: Redouan Lakhal | Student Legal Talent Researcher
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What is your function within YouConnect?
As a Legal Talent Researcher, I assist the Legal Recruitment Consultants in their search for profiles that are suitable for particular vacancies. Each search is different, with its own specific requirements and characteristics. The goal, of course, is to find the profile that matches the client's expectations. Apart from that, I’m also involved in the administrative side.
What did you do before you started at YouConnect?
Before I started at YouConnect I worked at the airport as a Supervisor for LSG Sky Chefs Catering for United Airlines. I was in charge of a team of eight and we used to prepare a Boeing 777 for flights to New York and Chicago. It was an exciting and very challenging job.
What attracted you to your role within YouConnect?
YouConnect appealed to me for two reasons: the values they stand for and the young, diverse, and powerful team, which makes us a strong company.
What is your daily motivation?
The challenge of bringing a search for a particular profile to a conclusion that satisfies all parties and allows them to continue working with peace of mind.
How would you describe the atmosphere among your colleagues at YouConnect?
There’s an open, friendly atmosphere between us. We speak freely with one another on any number of subjects and have good laugh from time to time. And “when duty calls,” we make a cracking team.
Which workplace do you prefer to work in and why?
I like to work in places where others are working hard. This stimulates me and fosters a great sense of togetherness.
Where do you get your energy from?
When I complete an assignment where I feel there’s going to be a good match between candidate and client, I’m satisfied. And especially when I find out that a search has been successful partly due to my preparatory work.
How do you deal with social media?
Personally, I tend to be cautious about social media. I make the most of the moments when I’m unconnected and in good company. Sometimes it’s nice to find yourself in a Wi-Fi-free zone.
Where do you think the challenge lies within our sector?
It's a fast-moving, constantly changing sector, and online platforms - without too much personal intervention - are taking over pieces of the process. Being involved in digital evolution seems to me to be the biggest challenge.
What are your ambitions within YouConnect?
As a student, I want to be able to continue to support YouConnect during my years of study and help where necessary. I like to adapt to the needs of YouConnect so that we achieve our goals together.
What are your strengths within the team?
I’m still in the starting blocks as far as YouConnect is concerned. But my ability to communicate fluently in several languages, my flexibility, and my eye for detail can certainly be a good addition to the team.
Do you have a creative side? If so, how does that express itself?
I’ve been playing the "Darbuka" since I was a child. It’s a percussion instrument similar to the djembe. They are very common in the Middle East and North Africa. I enjoy playing it in my spare time and experimenting with new beats.
Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Nothing feels better than getting up early in the morning, doing an intensive workout, and then taking time out for breakfast. The feeling of being awake before everyone else boosts my motivation even more.
What is your ultimate dream for yourself? What would you like to do one day that you have never done before?
It’s always been a dream of mine to fill my backpack, book a last-minute ticket to an unknown, rarely visited city, and discover a new world. Or to make a trip around the world and discover things you never dreamed existed.
What is your dream for the world in general?
I dream of a world where everyone can live as they want, with whomever they want, and wherever they want without any moral, physical, religious, or any other restrictions.
What has been your greatest challenge so far?
Combine my law studies with a part-time job as cabin crew at TUI. After a week of classes, I crawled into my bed early on Friday evening to get up early on Saturday morning (at 3.30 a.m. usually) to take a flight. It was a challenge, that’s true. But it was an absolutely unforgettable experience.
If you were going to live on a desert island, what would you definitely take with you?
My Netflix account to binge-watch in the evening and enjoy the sunsets.
Do you prefer to cook for yourself or order food?
In general, I prefer to cook for myself, especially when I'm in a healthy-eating period. Cooking helps me relax. I like different cuisines, from Moroccan to Italian. My absolute favorite is marinated spare ribs in the oven with sweet potato fries and a fresh salad. Delicious!
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a child, I always wanted to be a chef. I often watched Hell’s Kitchen and other Gordon Ramsey programs that made me want to open my own restaurant one day. Who knows? One day I might just make the leap beyond my legal career!
What was your last holiday destination?
Istanbul in Turkey. What a lovely multicultural city, full of history and beautiful buildings, museums, and good food! It is definitely recommended if you want a little more than a simple city trip.
Which 3 words describe you best?
Curious, unexpected, and deliberate.
What is your favorite place and what can you find there?
At the moment, my favorite spot is the plane spotting platform at Zaventem. It’s the ideal place to relax after a busy week of lessons, to have a drink with my friends and watch the planes departing and arriving.
If you could only own 5 things, what would they be?
Family, good friends, acquaintances, happiness, and my health!
Are you a nature person or a city person?
I’m a nature person. When I have some free time, I like to go to beautiful nature reserves with my bike. Starting from the canal in Mechelen, I set off to Leuven. If the weather’s good, I also like to go kayaking on the Ourthe in the Ardennes.
What is your little happiness? Your guilty pleasure?
A small box of chocolate from Leonidas with puffed rice and a nut in them. Delicious with a cup of coffee and a good movie!