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If you are lawyer thinking of changing your career, you probably fall into one of the following camps:
- You are thinking about leaving legal practice entirely and taking up a completely new career,
- You are thinking about transitioning to a different kind of role – perhaps moving in-house, moving to the public sector or moving into legal education or knowledge management
- You’re not sure what you want to do, but you do know that you need a big change from where you are now.
The Lawyer’s career change journey
Wherever you are on the journey and whatever kind of career move you may be contemplating, there’s no doubt that the decision you have to make is an incredibly hard one. In fact, you are probably going through some or all of the following right now:
- Considering what options you might have, given your level of seniority and experience
- Trying to get to the point where you can gain some kind of clarity about what to do next and how to bring change about
- Feeling like you need a sense of direction, both in your career and in your quest to make some changes in your career
- Feeling at a loss because you don’t know what a new career or a different kind of legal role would really be like on a day to day basis
- Worrying whether you could ever earn enough money or get the kinds of benefits you need if you changed career
- Wondering if you can successfully do anything else, especially if you’ve been in a highly specialised role
- Doubting whether anybody (especially potential employers) can see past your specific legal experience and recognise what else you might have to offer
- Thinking that you must be mad to throw away all the hard work, all the money and all the emotional capital you have invested to get you where you are now
- Hearing a continual sound loop from your ‘friends’ and family about how “you must be mad to throw away all the hard work etc.”
- If you haven’t yet told your friends and family, then dreading the reaction and the “you must be mad …” comments that are coming your way
- Not feeling sure about what you do want to do, just knowing what it is you don’t want to do any more
- Doubting the feasibility of getting from where you are now to wherever you want to go, even if you do take the plunge and decide you want to leave
- Wondering how to even go about trying to make this multi-faceted, life changing, fear inducing, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it decision.
If any of these scenarios are true for you, then there’s a very good chance that you could do with some help to enable you to move through your decision making process and get on with your career – and your life. That’s why I’ve put together this free course – as a way to give you a head start on some of the critical aspects of the career change journey.
My lawyer career change(s)
My name is Martin Cole and I’ve got a pretty good idea of what you are going through because I’ve been exactly where you are now. Not only that, I made some pretty big mistakes along the way in my career change quest.
So much so, that it took me almost 10 years to break free entirely and I am quite sure that had I known 10 years ago what I know now, my career transition would have been a smoother and faster one.
My career journey, in brief, took me from independent practice as a barrister in the London, to an in-house legal counsel position, to a lawyer-leadership position, into teaching, back into in-house, quasi-legal roles and finally out – into a career as a career and professional development coach.
I worked in the U.K. and in Australia, in the public sector, the private sector, and in professional legal education and now, finally, I work for myself.
I therefore believe I can help you with your career change whether it involves staying in or leaving the law entirely.
Because, as an ex-lawyer who has been through the challenges of career change, I know exactly the kinds of doubts, fears, issues and concerns that you will face.
And, as a certified coach, educated in psychology, I have knowledge and experience of the kinds of evidence based tools and techniques that can help you achieve the successful career change you are looking for.
So, this is what you can expect to find in the free lawyer career change course:
Big career changes involve big decisions – and lots of them. These are the kinds of multi-layered decisions that it is often hard to resolve on your own. We look at some ways that you can unravel the complexity and bring some order and prioritisation to you decision-making.
Unless you are a supremely self-confident person, you may well find that one of the biggest barriers to career change success is your own internal dialogue. We’ll cover how to deal with the unhelpful, negative and self-sabotaging thoughts, so you can focus your emotional energies where they are needed – on the plans for your new career.
Managing the process
Big career moves don’t happen overnight. There are common and identifiable steps that occur in the process of change and each of these presents its own challenges, both practical and emotional. We look at what you can expect and therefore what you need to plan for.
Planning and Execution
I know, you’re a lawyer. You’re quite capable of planning a large and complex project and making it happen – and a career change is absolutely a large and complex project. The difference is, this time you are project manager and client and what needs to be delivered is pretty much the rest of your life. In my experience, this changes things massively and can lead to indecision, stalling, confusion and delay. We focus on how you can best gain clarity about what you need to do and how to do it.
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What do others say?
An amazing coach is what springs to my mind when I am asked about Martin. What impresses me about Martin is he encourages and challenges me to positively reflect on my skills and experience in ways I have not previously thought of. Finding that I have more to bring to an employer than I realised improved my self confidence and helped me to achieve my goal of finding employment. He is a master at helping me refocus my mind if I am losing sight of my objectives. His coaching is valuable long after the coaching ends, as I continue to use techniques I learned from him regularly. I give Martin my heartfelt recommendation without hesitation
I would without hesitation recommend Martin and endorse his mentoring and coaching skills. I strongly believe the current success in my career is attributed to his guidance, advice and mentoring. I am a person who is very ambitious, very eager to learn, feels the need to always be a high achiever and at times it leads to additional pressure. Martin has a nurturing nature where he displays empathy but has an ability to understand the pressures in a work environment and what avenues can be taken to resolve a problem in the most optimal manner. Martin, thank you so much for being such a genuine person, I’m so grateful to have met and worked with you.
Julie, Risk Professional