Lawyer Career – Your law career might be as different from your friends’ as it is exciting. But chances are, you already know some of the perks — and challenges — of becoming a lawyer. For example, you could never stomach twisting logic into pretzel shapes and writing legal gobbledegook. Or tolerating the stress of waiting for cases to come in. Or keeping your head down while others take off on weekends. Or even taking up an activity that makes no sense but gives you that serious pang of ‘oh, I can do that’ kind of fulfillment (others would probably call it ‘inspiration’). The opportunities are boundless in your life as a lawyer, so don’t let the hours or the work schedule get to you. Here are 5 ways to make the most of your career:
Learn a New Skill (and Have Fun Doing It)
As a lawyer, you’ll spend a lot of time sitting and talking with people who have vastly different skill sets from yourself. But don’t let that stop you from learning something new. Try to pick up a new skill every month. If you’re not sure where to start, the Lawyer Research Institute has a great list of some must-dos. Whether you want to learn how to code or how to properly litigate a case, there’s a skill out there for everyone. Besides, you’ll be so busy with work that you won’t have the time to feel lonely or stuck. There will always be other lawyers who need to ask questions or get advice. And there will always be people willing to lend a listening ear. Learning a new skill can be so much fun. Plus, you’ll be interacting with people in a way that could lead to future opportunities. So, if you’re interested in a certain skill, pick up a new one every month and see where your interests take you.
Take Care of Your Health (And Have Some Fun Too)
Health is important to everyone, but especially so as a lawyer. You’re likely going to spend the majority of your day outdoors, so make sure you get enough exercise. Visit your doctor several times a year to make sure your blood pressure and cholesterol are in good shape. Keep your weight under control by eating healthy meals at regular intervals (3-5 times a day), and getting enough sleep (8-9 hours). Do whatever you can to reduce stress levels so you can focus more easily and efficiently. Being healthy and taking care of your health will make you feel happy and Healthy—and more productive in your job.
Jump-Start Your Resume with LinkedIn Review
With the recent surge in social media, you may have heard that you can use it to jump-start your resume. While this may sound like a great idea, you should first evaluate your current situation to make sure it’s a good fit. For example, if you currently work as a receptionist, a change in agency might make you overstep the bounds of what you considered acceptable work. If your LinkedIn profile is lacking in certain categories, it could be a problem. But regardless of where you sit, cleansing your profile of problematic information — and adding some relevant keywords — will get you back on track. The only way to really jump-start your career is to acquire relevant experience and credentials. Once you’ve got those under your belt, any kind of review or updating could be a thing of the past. And with social media, it’s super easy to outsource your LinkedIn review. You can even post your evaluation request on your favorite social media platforms. Within 24 hours, you’ll receive scores and details on what you should work on. After that, take a deep breath, relax, and take it a bit easier. Your LinkedIn profile will be updated, your bio will reflect your new responsibilities, and you’ll be ready to go again.
Find Meaning Where Others See Money (or Selfishness)
If you’re lucky enough to make partner in your law firm, you may be able to retire some day. But for now, you have a job to do. That’s great — but wouldn’t it be better to make a real impact in the community? To give back? Well, you can do that, too. When you find a cause you believe in, get involved. Whether that’s helping out with a project in your neighborhood, lobbying for a cause you care about, or helping out a colleague with a tough case, you’ll feel so much better when you put your energy into something that gives you purpose. Not only will your work be more fulfilling, but you’ll also feel good when you give.
Don’t Forget the Fundamentals — Learn the Ropes, Teach the Skills, and You’ll Be Good to Go
Everyone has different interests and abilities, which is why you might find yourself in a career field that’s perfect for you. The important thing is to keep your eyes and ears open and try out as many different careers as possible. If you fall in love with a particular field, don’t be afraid to explore further. There’s no sense being stuck in a job that you hate for the rest of your life. Plus, you’ll be so much more prepared for your future. When you’re exploring your options, don’t forget to keep your head down, work hard, and stay focused on your goals. There will be challenges, and you’ll probably end up dealing with a lot of stress. But with a bit of practice, you can become a pro at handling yourself in a professional setting. When you do, you’ll be well on your way to making your career as a lawyer a real success.