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A Career Planning Primer

Estate planning.  Retirement planning.  Trip planning.  Family planning.  Business planning.  Anything worth doing is worth planning.  Rarely is anything accomplished overnight.  In fact, I don't think there's such a thing as overnight success.  Behind the hit song, hit movie, or ascension to CEO (or fill-in-the-blank top of your chosen field), came a lot of hard work, sacrifice and dedication.  Success in your profession doesn't happen on its own either.  A little bit of deliberation can help get you where you want to go in a more organized fashion and help keep your eye on the prize when you're feeling disoriented…

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A Refreshing Outlook on Compliance: An Interview with Alex Rakitin, CCO

Back in January, I shared my own professional journey in compliance for financial services.  Anecdotally, I’ve witnessed at least a 50% growth of compliance officer positions being filled by lawyers over the past 5 years.  Given the growth of JDs joining the field, I’ve sought out a fellow industry colleague to add an additional perspective.  Alexander Rakitin is Chief Compliance Officer of Perceptive Advisors, an investment adviser focusing on life sciences investments.  One of the biggest professional insults one can hurl at a talented compliance professional is that they are a bureaucrat.  If you are plugged into the business and adopt…

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JD Skill Drill

After a series of interviews with some seriously impressive female JDs (which you can find on this page), I wanted to do a midyear reset getting back to basics.  For this month’s post, I engaged in a bit of a skill drill.  I scoured a bunch of recent job descriptions looking for ‘JD Preferred’ candidates and copied the desired characteristics and qualifications sections into a word cloud generator.  Here are the results: Let’s dissect a few of the main skills atop every employer’s wish list: Problem Solving As a lawyer, you are being hired to help your client solve their problems. …

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The Quintessential JD Preferred Career: An Interview with Valerie Chianuri

Hot off the heels of our 2-part interview with a high caliber legal recruiter in March and April, my list of accomplished Ms. JD interviewees grows with Valerie Chianuri (another fellow BLS alumna), Senior Director of Exusia Inc., a global technology consulting company. Valerie has had the quintessential JD Preferred career, holding cutting edge roles in the fields of entrepreneurism, privacy and payments law (and beyond).  No matter what field you are in, her story is an inspiring one and makes the case for alternate uses for a JD better and more succinctly than I can in a year’s worth of blog posts.     ***************** Tell…

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Straight From The Source: An Interview with Meredith Cohen from Momentum Search Group (Part 2 of 2)

Last month, I sang the praises of recruiters as instrumental assets in forging your career.  I also shared an enlightening info session on the JD Preferred marketplace with Meredith Cohen, Managing Director at Momentum Search Group.  This month, the conversation continues about Meredith’s personal experience as a lawyer turned headhunter (a “JD Preferred” career path in its own right).  Without further ado, let’s take a peek inside Meredith’s world. ***** You started out in BigLaw straight out of law school.  What made you want to leave?  And what drew you to recruiting as your new career path? I always knew…

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Straight From The Source: An Interview with Meredith Cohen from Momentum Search Group (Part 1 of 2)

Recruiters are the unsung heroes of a JD’s career.  Vastly underrated and underappreciated if you ask me.  My current and prior jobs were both obtained through recruiters.  I would go so far as to say that if you are not in touch with recruiters, then you are not in touch with your career.  Who else can give you the immediate scoop on the marketplace, your relative position in it, your earnings potential, what roles are out there for you, etc. … for free?  With a glance at your resume and a five minute chat about your work history, a recruiter…

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The Big Picture

In last month’s post, I began with an introduction to my own professional journey in a ‘JD Preferred’ career in Compliance.  This month, I’d like to discuss the concept in a much broader context.  To lay the foundation for future posts (which will be more fun to read, I promise), I’ve got to get some dry information out of the way first here.  Bear with me! JD Advantage I didn’t know this until I started doing research for this column, but apparently, this is a thing now.  Starting with the law school Class of 2011, a new term of art…

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My ‘JD Preferred’ Story

I suppose I should start with an introduction, though I suspect that by the end of this post it will read more like an Ode to Compliance.  I consider myself one of the lucky ones who pretty much knew what they wanted to do with their career since a young age.  Once I got over the ‘I want to be a librarian because I like books’ and ‘chef because I like food’ aspirations of second grade, I became drawn towards law because of the endless debates I’d undertake with friends and family. (As it turns out lawyers do debate endlessly, and…

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The Most Important Discussions About Your Career Happen When You’re Not In The Room

Of all the career gurus out there, there is one woman whose advice I keep coming back to over and over again.  Her name is Carla Harris and she is currently Vice Chair and Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, as well as the author of two career advice books.  Ms. Harris came to speak at my workplace last year and wowed the audience with her ‘pearls of wisdom’.  One of the most powerful pearls for me was the idea that there are two currencies in the workplace: performance currency and relationship currency.  In the beginning of your career, performance currency…

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