Taking Time to Reflect on Your Legal Career
I always find this time of year to be very energizing. The weather is great in New England, and frankly, I have never gotten the start of the school year out of my blood. I also find myself in a more reflective mood after Labor Day because of the Jewish New Year.
It is in this spirit that I recently published an article on the importance periodic career assessments. The article, which appeared in appeared in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, discusses why it is important to take a step back every so often and ask yourself some questions:
- Do you like the environment at your law firm?
- Do you respect your fellow attorneys?
- Are you getting legal work that you enjoy?
- Are you building the "right" skills?
- What are your long-term career goals (e.g., general counsel at a technology startup? partner at your firm?)? Do you have a vision of how you'll get there?
To help you with this process, the article includes a link to my on-line career audit tool.
If you are a regular reader of the JD Bliss blog, then you are already ahead of the game (i.e. you are not simply sticking your head in the sand and meeting your billable hour requirements.) But don’t be afraid to take the next step and think more actively about what is working and what might need improvement in your work life. If you don’t know where you are going, it is hard to get there!