Take the Pressure Off

Penelope Trunk has a great post on career planning. She offers a nice counterbalance to the conventional approach to career planning (i.e. in which you sit down and assess your strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes and make career decisions based on the results.)

Of course a good career counselor would never suggest that a client make career choices based on a single test or assessment; however, there is a lot to be said for just trying to experience work as a way of assessing where you want your career to go.

I think her advice is particularly useful for lawyers who have “typical” lawyer personalities (i.e. you “planners” and “perfectionists” out there.) We lawyers are not always good at taking things as they come; but letting go and not trying to control everything in life may be one of the best ways to find out what really excites you. Take some chances (again, not easy for lawyers who get paid to advise their client’s on avoiding risk.) Look for some of the positive things about your current job and take the opportunity to be creative where you work. If you work in a law firm, you may not have a lot of competition.

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