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People have the power - to vote

We’ve all learned about the electoral process and its importance in functioning democracies, yet, we might have different opinions about voting in practice.   I used to have a professor at law school who was very proud that he has never voted at any elections in his entire life. Ever. Not once. He talked quite a lot about politics – teaching administrative law –, his lectures were full of political comments and opinions about each and every topic, and he was convinced that not voting entitles him to criticize all political sides as he wishes. I always thought just the…

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Three of the weirdest job interview results in my legal career

Over the course of my career I have been through countless job interviews. Some were pretty regular and normal, but I feel I could fill a whole book with some wild examples too. You know those articles that promise to prepare you for the typical job interview and list the most typical interview questions? I am not saying they aren’t helpful, just that there are so many factors in your job application process that you cannot prepare for. As far as interviews go, I’ve seen so many things over the years, from the interviewer falling asleep while listening to me, through…

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Some of the main differences between private vs. public service jobs as a lawyer

Over the course of my career I have worked in jobs both in the private sphere and the public sphere. There are a couple of clear differences between the two worlds, that I will lay out here based on my unique experiences. First on my list is job stability, since during times like these it is a major thing to consider. Whether you work for a law firm or a private company, you work for profit, and if for some reason or another profit is scarce, you will have to start worry about the future. Government organizations are going to…

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It’s time to be vocal about our values

Have you ever engaged in a conversation where things were said that went deeply against your values, yet for some reason or another you chose to stay silent? It happened to the best of us. You could hear these past weeks many times the Angela Davis quote that “it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist”. I have to admit, although I’ve never considered myself racially biased, I haven’t exactly been actively anti-racist either. And I know many of us were educated and informed enough to know that those horrible things were happening to BIPOC people, yet…

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Work ethics – six things you should not do if you want to be taken seriously at work

Everybody wants to be liked at work. Well, everybody wants to be liked in general, but for most of us, it’s work where we spend the most of our time. Since we see them every day, it’s especially important to maintain good relationships with our co-workers, which is not always easy to do. Here is a couple of things that could easily ruin it.   Being notoriously late Things happen. Even the most punctual person can be late sometimes, but not all of the time! If being on time is the exception, it shouts that this person cannot be trusted.…

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How to learn anything online?

Last time I wrote about some of my favorite learning and brain training resources, now it’s time to check out some learning platforms for more specific knowledge. Again, I know this is not for everyone, I acknowledge those who are busier than ever this time around and hate these kinds of posts, please bare with me (although the sources in my previous post about learning how to learn could be useful for teaching kids too). But then, some of us are stuck at home with more time on our hands than usual, for whom reading, writing, learning or being creative…

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Got some time on your hands? Why not learn something?

These uncertain times got us all under pressure, whether we worry about our loved ones’ health or our own, we have to adapt to new ways of working, have to organize our kids’ home schooling or take care of the whole family being at home, let alone all of these at once. I am convinced that learning is the single most important skill these days, and I thought that even before we had these new situations to adapt to on a daily basis. As I am a huge believer in lifelong learning, I was planning a post about this topic…

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Five things I learned working in the construction industry

My first legal job after law school was at a semi-governmental organization working in the construction industry. In short, we were either helping construction workers when their bills didn’t get paid, or home owners when they didn’t get what they paid for. Construction law is a special area of law with lots of learning opportunities.   A few years ago, just getting out of a job that promised one thing and turned out to be something completely different, I was eager to find any job that fits my qualifications and pays the bills. I didn’t know much about construction law…

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What does a legal career look like for you?

Most people when they think ‘lawyer’ they think about attorneys arguing at court. But legal careers are actually much more diverse than what you see on those legal shows on TV, that’s why it’s important to learn about different career paths before you decide on one.   Do you know those personality tests that ask you to go back to your childhood to find out what it is you want to do with your life? I love those! It always makes me kind of proud to find out I am doing the exact same thing that I imagined for myself…

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The best career advice I’ve ever received

I recently heard someone say that the three things they were looking for in a job was to feel maximized, compensated and appreciated. Thinking about it, I found this very true for myself and you might as well too. Knowing what your expectations are about a job is crucial to be able to find the right fit for you. Also, when you start feeling unsatisfied, this way you can identify the reasons and even do something about it. These three areas seem to cover our basic needs when it comes to professional goals. Maximized means you want all your knowledge…

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