In the course of practice, lawyers are regularly called upon to help clients implement a strategic vision, advising on opportunities that might be taken and anticipating difficulties that could arise to thwart future plans.
Despite this, many of us (and I speak from direct experience here) fail to bring these same skills to our own career planning and development.
In the white heat of legal practice, where the focus of attention has to be on the next meeting, hearing, project or transaction, it is very hard to give ourselves the time and space to develop a clear vision of where you we want our career to go and what we need to do to get it there.
Consequently we can often be at the mercy of events, reacting to the latest internal restructure or economic downturn, rather than acting purposefully in pursuit of a planned vision.
If you sense that you might be losing control of your career or it feels like your career is heading off in a direction that you’re not sure about, then coaching can help you.
Career coaching can help you (re)gain control of your career by enabling you to:
- Outline a vision of what you want from your career and how you want it to develop;
- Brainstorm the options available to you and make choices based upon your personal strengths and values;
- Identify any skills and competencies you need to develop in order to help you fulfil your career plan;
- Work on any big changes you need to make to help you shift career direction;
- Identify the resources and support you’ll need; and
- Devise a clear action plan for getting your career to where you want it to be and then holding you to account for executing the plan.
Career transition coaching for lawyers can help you develop and implement a strategic career plan of the kind referred to above. It can also be effective when transition becomes necessary as a result of the circumstances in which you find yourself.
Transitioning might involve one or more of the following:
- A move in house from private practice;
- A move to private practice from an in-house role;
- A switch to a new role with different responsibilities,
- A move to a new firm or employer;
- A move to an in-house or law firm role from the bar (or vice versa);
- A move into a different practice area;
- Progression into a leadership role or a role with increased leadership responsibilities; or
- Even a move out of legal practice altogether.
Transitions can be complex, stressful and unsettling. They may even be unwanted or a matter of necessity.
Whatever the circumstances, it is likely that coaching can help you make a move more smoothly and with greater success than if you choose or are left to sink or swim on your own.
Whether you are transitioning within, or out of the law, coaching can help you:
- Plan for the move and its aftermath;
- Identify key areas you need to focus on for greatest success;
- Set the kind of objectives for the new role that will that maximise your chances of settling quickly and progressing well;
- Prioritise and plan your relationship building;
- Identify and meet essential learning and development needs; and
- Work on any big personal or behavioural changes you need to make to succeed in your new role.
More generally, but equally as important, coaching can provide you with ongoing, external and independent support as you move through the different phases of transition.
Contact me about coaching on career direction or transition
I’m currently based in Australia but since coaching works effectively by telephone or video call, as well as face to face, I can work with clients from most places.
Email: enquiries @ lexecoach.com
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