There has always been a lot of chatter and discussion, whatever you choose to call it, about “fit”. And I mean that not in the sense of physical fitness, but in the sense of fitness for a specific job, or as some lawyers might say in the context of guarantees, fitness for a specific purpose.
We hear the term manipulation. “It is not a good fit for this particular position.” “I don’t think it would be a good fit for the rest of the team.” And so on. I heard this from my HR clients time and time again. And why did the hiring manager hire this person? Don’t you know that it is always easier not to hire than having to do the necessary and appropriate training to fire someone? You thought they would have learned but never did.
Why do I bring up the topic of fitness? Over the past year or so, the lawyers (and others) have found themselves in trouble, not of their own making. For some attorneys, the pandemic has shown that they love or even love what they do. For others, not much, and even in some cases, not at all. I think the epidemic has sorted to some extent those who like what they do from those who don’t. It is a matter of convenience.
Even if it is the job or the legal profession Not appropriateWe cling to it because that’s what we’ve been asked to do from childhood, from admiration to hate, from tolerance and resilience to endurance, and finally, maybe someday, as Johnny Paycheck sang, “Take this job and pay it.” We fear changes (debt debt) Students is a big consideration to stay in status.)
But mental health issues creeping in or smacking you upside down make you think about your choices. Take it from me, as you get older, your health in most cases does not improve with age, unlike expensive red wines. Waiter, I’ll have some cheese whining.
So, what if you think the law can no longer fit together? Do you really want to spend the rest of your working life doing something you really don’t like, let alone tolerate? Are you grateful Just to get a job? How do you come to terms with what you do versus what you want to do? Do not look for me how to reconcile these disparate strings. That’s your business.
Perhaps this checklist helps, courtesy of Angela Hahn, attorney and coach. I think her checklist (and we all use checklists) can get you thinking about who you are Really want to do.
Han lists the elements that you should think about and possibly act upon at some point. Work smarter, not harder, and don’t be afraid to charge you for your knowledge, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. There is no way we can know everything, although some people think they know it.
Take small steps. As Ann Lamott says in her book,Flying bird, “That’s exactly what to do. It’s a lot easier to take small bites (remember mom tells us to do this?) Than just inhale everything all at once. Matt has great advice on writing and life.”
be patient. It’s easy to say and hard for lawyers to do. Leave on low heat. Just as Rome was not built in a day, so is your profession neither.
Han says to ask yourself what is bothering you the most. You don’t need to get all the answers to the problem, but never. You may find the problem is more dirt than a mountain, and I’ve climbed many hills.
If this past year has taught us anything, it is, as Han said, “Change involves thinking.” So, think and change if you want to. If you have thought and found that you love your place, both personally and professionally, then go ahead with the course. Change is difficult and the older you get, the more difficult it is. I am not saying do not make any change that you think you want or necessary, just know that it is not easy.
What is your passion? What would you like to do? I loved the litigation because the cases are all about the characters. What’s the least thing I would love to do? Everything related to documents, contracts and the like, other than settlement agreements. I’d rather have my fork stuck in my eyeball than negotiating, drafting, or reviewing documents. What I liked the most about this practice was working with my clients to provide creative (and sometimes unconventional) solutions to problems, finding solutions in resolving issues rather than trying them out.
Once you understand your passion, how do you incorporate that passion into your practice? Find out who is doing what you love to do and connect with them. do not be shy. This is your career. I’ve never known anyone who wouldn’t be flattered by inquiries about how he does what he’s doing. Be persistent, but not annoying. You don’t need a teacher, you need a rabbi, a term Hero, patronWho supports you.
Finally, Hahn advises to “focus on the lessons.” We are all learning, at least we should be learning, every day. See how we all learned to use Zoom. If there’s nothing that was a passion anymore, there’s nothing wrong with admitting it. We move from project to project with different levels of enthusiasm.
Dare; Do not get discouraged. Finding your fit is a lifelong business; What you loved to do in your 30s could upset your stomach in your 50s. Your life as a lawyer is constantly evolving, which is how it should be.
Jill Switzer has been an active member of the California State Bar for more than 40 years. Remember to practice law at a gentler time. She has had a diverse legal career, including her duties as deputy attorney general, a solo practice, and several indoor senior parties. She now mediates full time, giving her the opportunity to see dinosaurs, millennials, and those who interact – not always civilized. You can reach them via email at email@example.com.