Julie Maeir, director of placement at Providus, is one of the speakers at our upcoming Attorneys in Transition event. She took time to answer our questions.
What is the number one piece of advice for those lawyers going through a career transition?
Think outside of the box. Today’s legal job market is remarkably different than it was just a few short years ago. Take the time to think where you want to be in your career and what steps can you take to achieve that goal. Sometimes you may have to verve off that path for a while, but often that can lead to new opportunities you would have never considered in a traditional job market.
What do you hope people get out of next Wednesday’s event?
I hope people will hear new and different perspectives and options for themselves during their transition. Events such as this allow lawyers to meet with others in similar situations and exchange advice and experiences, in addition to the speakers’ presentations. It is great to build a “job search” network with others that can understand your situation and offer support and encouragement.
What are the challenges lawyers face in this economy?
I have noticed different challenges for lawyers based upon where they were in their careers before they entered or re-entered the job market. Obviously, for all levels of experience, the biggest challenge is supply versus demand. We all know that there are too few jobs to accommodate all the skilled attorneys seeking employment. For those recent graduates, their challenge is the lack for experience and how to gain that experience. For some highly experienced attorneys, the challenge is finding the right opportunity that can utilize their experience to the fullest potential.