Having a clear goal in mind for your career, and a step-by-step plan to achieve that goal, is critical for career success and satisfaction. Back in the 1990s, when we first started working with young professionals, their focus was on career planning. I did many lectures for law schools and Young Lawyer Sections of Bar Associations on how to take charge of your career.
By the early part of the 21st century, though, we started getting calls from young lawyers who were already growing dissatisfied with the profession. They were looking at their law firm partners and saying, “I don’t want that to be me,” or they were cancelling weekend plans with friends at the last minute because they had to work, and were feeling “there has to be something else out there besides this.”
We responded by creating new programs designed for young lawyers who wanted better work/life balance and more interesting jobs. While there are similarities in many ways, looking to re-career at 31 is a lot different than looking to do so at 41 or beyond.
Many of our clients today are 30-something professionals looking for a way out.
Part of our service to this group is to look at their career options today, but also keep a sharp eye on the future, so they can have a career track that carries them through for the next 20 years.
As career management experts, we can advise you on early steps you should take to develop a clear but flexible career plan that will direct you toward your goals.
Whether your long-term goal is partnership at a firm, going in house, leaving traditional practice, running a company or managing a business unit, you need a plan that takes into account your interests, skills, goals, values and the realities of the job market.
As the old saying goes, “if you don’t know where you are going, all roads will lead you there.” We will help you choose the right road.