Is your legal career like a canoe ride across a lake or like a whitewater rafting trip? In my latest podcast, I speak with Jose Sierra a partner at Holland and Knight who has done it all (Clerked in 5th Circuit, served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, served as senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer for two pharmaceutical companies, and worked at small, mid-sized and large law firms).
For many lawyers, travel is something to do for a business trip or on vacation. But for Robert Finkel, travel was a way for his family to live abroad and experience a new culture. For two years, Bob lived in Israel with his wife and three children while continuing to work for his law firm in Boston. In my latest podcast, Bob tells his story and discusses how he leveraged his expertise in tax to make this adventure become a reality.
It is no secret that lawyers as a group are an unhappy lot. I could give my own explanation for this but today, after we have just sworn in a President who is starting a new career, I thought I would share a few thoughts about career changes and career happiness (I’ll save my political comments for Facebook).
Once upon a time (i.e. back in the 1980’s when I was coming into the workforce), career professionals were quick to tell college students to follow their passions. The idea was to identify a career that inspired you and that was consistent with your skills and vocational interests. If you followed this path, career success was sure to follow.
It’s the New Year and if you are like many successful professionals, expect the headhunter calls to increase in the coming weeks. Simply put, we in the recruiting business know that this is a good time of year to connect with talent. Many people take stock in their careers around January 1.
The holidays are a time to remember the needy–those who are struggling to pay for basic necessities. We are all compelled to do what we can to help those less fortunate than us and the holiday season is a good reminder to act. Whether that means volunteering in a homeless shelter or simply writing a … Read more
In the coming months, I plan to return to more active blogging. The Election of 2016 has inspired me to put more energy into sharing my career and recruiting advice. But don’t worry. I will reserve my more partisan opinions for my Facebook friends. We can all learn a lot about our own careers by … Read more