Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Is it better for a lawyer to change legal specialism than remain demotivated in their current role?

As a lawyer, when you were approaching qualification did you spend time assessing your strengths, interests and motivations to identify which area of law you were best suited to within your legal career or did you leave all or part of this decision to fate?    

Lawyers choose their legal specialism at an early stage of their legal career.  During the second year as a trainee solicitor, the focus is on securing a job upon qualification and it is at this point that an important decision regarding legal specialism is made.

When choosing their legal specialism, it is not uncommon for lawyers to leave all or part of the decision to fate.  Securing a job is of ultimate importance.  This is of course understandable, particularly in a challenging economic climate.  However, this also means that it is not uncommon for lawyers to question their choice of legal specialism early to mid career and wonder whether they would be better suited to working in an alternative area of law having previously given this little thought. 

So how many lawyers questioning their choice of legal specialism take the plunge and make a change in their career?

I would be interested to hear your views.  I would suggest that there are many lawyers wanting to change direction within their legal career but prevent themselves from doing so for numerous reasons such as limited opportunities, decrease in pay as well as fear and lack of confidence.  However, if you are demotivated in your current role and wondering whether you are better suited to an alternative area of law, are you just a little bit curious to find out whether a change in specialism is possible? 

If curiosity is getting the better of you, start reviewing your legal career now and investigate how you can increase your job satisfaction, motivation and fulfilment at work.   Isn’t it far better for a lawyer to change legal specialism than remain demotivated in their current role?

For more information, click here to review my fact sheet on changing specialism in the legal sector and here to read my blog on career change.

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