By Nicole Moriniere • March 05, 2017•Writers in Residence, Careers, Other Career Issues, Issues, Balancing Private and Professional Life
Exactly six months ago, I had recently moved to London and had just started my job working for a legal tech startup. I've been reflecting on the past six months I've now spent working in this new sector and the lessons I've learned during that time.
I learned that not all your career steps need to be meticulously planned. I was always told that you often don't end up where you expected to. While I was in law school I was not even aware of the legal tech sector, let alone considering working in it. I was focused on traditional legal career paths, either working for non-profits or the government or in the private sector for a law firm. Even when I began learning about startups in the legal services industry and began to consider working in it, I wasn't sure how to achieve this new goal (I've discussed some tips in my post from last month).
I learned that there is such a thing as work-life balance within the law, but perhaps not in the way or job you imagined. My current job is challenging and intellectually stimulating, but I have the freedom to work flexibly and a work environment that appreciates and values personal time for employees. By working for a small startup team, I also have the autonomy to create new projects and initiatives.
More concretely, I've picked up some valuable new skills and have learned about areas I had no exposure to before, such as: startup fundraising, digital marketing, the relationship between customers and a tech product...
...but my law degree was not a waste of time - I find that I use the skills gained during my law degree on a daily basis. Whether it's analyzing a legal request from a client, communicating with lawyers, or simply accurate writing skills, my legal training remains valuable.
I'm now looking forward to the next six months and the new learnings they'll bring!