Meet our team: Yuliya Prokopyshyn
For week three of our ‘Meet the team’ series we sit down with trainee solicitor Yuliya Prokopyshyn to discuss working in a library, sourdough bread and more.
What was your first job?
I don’t think I can tell you something interesting about my first job – I was a Library Assistant. However, at that time I was also getting my bachelor’s degree, playing tennis for my university team and being a Vice President of KPY sorority, and the only time I had a chance to focus on my studies was when I was at the library. Thus, despite not being the most amusing job in the world, it helped me to obtain my 1st level degree in Pre-Law and Public Administration.
You’ve just moved to Bristol – what’s your favourite thing about it so far?
There are so many things that I love about Bristol but, if I had to choose just one, it would be the harbourside. I have never dreamed about living near the water, but it’s so nice to walk by the river on my way to work or have brunch in one of the local boat restaurants at the weekend. I can see why Bristol was voted the most liveable city in the UK several years in a row.
If you could only eat one item for every meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Sourdough bread! I don’t eat it very often as I gain weight by just looking at carbs, however, a sourdough bread has my heart. I can easily give up chocolate, cakes, pasta or any fast food, but buy me a freshly made sourdough bread from Pinkman’s (which is probably my second favourite thing about Bristol) and I’m yours.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
My dad. Being brought up in a poor family and losing his dad at the age of 14, he was forced to leave school and work in places like Siberia and the North Pole to support his family and earn enough money to get himself through law school, which was always his dream. His hard work and dedication always inspired me and definitely influenced my decision to become a lawyer.
Next week we’ll be catching up with Ed Boal, Senior Solicitor and Head of Scaleups here at SLHQ. In the meantime, if you have questions for any of the team please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.