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Drive Your Journey: A Transition to a Holistic Career Journey

I applied to be a Ms. JD Writer-in-Residence to provide tips to women law students and lawyers on how to best deal with change. I have always known that life is filled with both desired and undesired transitions. Personally, I had a significant change in my life as I lost my fiancé unexpectedly. This transition in my life led to a mindset shift as I think about my career moving forward. Even more than ever, I understand the importance of a holistic career journey, a career where “work-life” integration is emphasized more than  “work-life” balance. The need for balance implies…

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Drive Your Journey: The Unexpected Redirection

While changes in one’s life can be intentional, there are times when the unplanned may occur. For example, you may have your heart set on practicing in a certain area of the law and not get hired in the positions to which you initially apply. You may focus on applying to positions in a certain city but get a fitting offer in another city. This may redirect your journey, but the key is to remember that you are on a journey. It does not have to be your final destination and likely will not be. First, remember to embrace where…

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Drive Your Journey: Preparing for the Road Ahead

When you are considering a change or otherwise facing change, there are typically multiple avenues to consider. You should prepare for any change by vetting the possibilities to the extent possible. There are five actions that you can take to prepare for change: 1. Consider your childhood passions. Your childhood passions can inform your adult career decisions. This is not a suggesting that you become an “arts and crafts” professional. However, it appears that basic interests tend to remain. If you liked to be creative as a child, you may pursue a role that allows for more creativity. If you…

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Drive Your Journey: Driving in a New Direction

You are cruising along a path when you get to an intersection. At the intersection, you have the option to continue straight, take a left, or take a right. Path #1 will bring you exactly where you planned to go. It is a predictable path that many have driven. Path #2 may be a shortcut to the same destination as Path #1, but it is likely a tougher path. Path #3 will bring you on an entirely different journey with a different destination. Life is filled with decision-making moments. When it comes to choosing a path to take for your…

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Drive Your Journey: Navigating Changes to Your Course

For a host of reasons, one of the (worst) questions we get asked as children is, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Although it is fine to have children develop goals, this question also starts to set an expectation in young minds that they should know exactly what they want to do. While some people know at the age of six exactly what they want to be when they grow up and take the necessary steps to create the career of their dreams, the rest of us generally fall into one of two categories (the latter…

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One of the Best Networking Tools for New Lawyers

If you are a new lawyer, the value of networking has likely been reiterated to you over and over. However, many people dread the process of networking! Writing for a law blog can be major tool to network effectively for three reasons: It can strengthen your elevator speech. By college, you were likely introduced to the concept of an elevator speech where you share your background with an individual in the time that it takes to ride an elevator. One way to distinguish your elevator speech from those of others is to say that you are a writer on a…

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