Taking Control of Your Career
I provide support and guidance in individual confidential sessions primarily in person for those who live in New England or New York and over the telephone for those living in other parts of the country. I work with lawyers actively seeking new positions as well as those simply interested in exploring their options. This enables clients to make informed decisions by giving them the information they need to overcome the barriers, including false assumptions and outside pressures, that keep them from making positive career moves.
Many clients learn that they do not have to choose between staying in the law or leaving it. They begin to see themselves not simply as lawyers but as individuals each with unique goals, values, skills and abilities. By focusing on settings, fields and roles that appeal to them, rather than on "legal positions", they discover worlds where not only their legal training, but many of their other experiences, interests and talents are relevant qualifications.
I would also like to acknowledge here that much of the material you will read on various pages of this website were developed in collaboration with Mark L. Byers, Ph.D., a friend, colleague and former partner who I had the privilege of working closely with from 1983-2004. Among other joint efforts such as designing and drafting surveys, he and I co-authored online articles for FindLaw’s Find Satisfaction in the Law Column. Dr. Byers is currently in private practice in psychotherapy (including a specialty in work-related stress) and continues to do vocational counseling for lawyers and other professionals. He can be reached at email@example.com tel. (617) 899-4654.
While most of my time from 1984-1994 was devoted to advising law students, I have not had much of an opportunity to work with them since. As a favor to friends, I have also on some occasions been asked to talk to their sons and daughters (and grandchildren) considering attending law school. I strongly encourage both those in law school and those contemplating being thereto read Overcoming Law School's Defects..
My approach requires that clients take control over the process and make all important decisions relating to their careers. There are two phases - the first, the Career Search, is followed by the Search for a Satisfying Position. During the Career Search, clients
- analyze and evaluate their present position
- review their past decisions
- recognize what is important
- become aware of goals, values and needs
- learn about and consider a range of options, and
- choose a setting consistent with their goals.
THE SEARCH FOR A SATISFYING OPPORTUNITY
When, and only when, clients know what they want to do, are they prepared to begin the Search for a Satisfying Opportunity. During this second phase clients
- develop an action plan
- draft targeted resumes
- build databases of contacts and potential employers
- make contact and promote themselves
- prepare for interviews, and
- consider and accept offers.
Once you have entered the search phase, I suggest that you read How to Search for a Position
FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you would like more details about how I work, please write or call me at (781) 639-2322.Here is some advice about contracting with career planners and my fee structure. There is no cost to you or any obligation for the time I spend responding to specific questions about my services.
- Understanding Career Planning
- Reviewing Your History
- Evaluating Your Present Situation
- Overcoming Law School's Defects
- Recovering from the Law Firm
- Looking at Your Values
- Considering Your Options
- Rebuilding Self-Confidence
- Rebuilding Self-Confidence Part 2
- Choosing a Setting
- How to Search for a Position
- Thinking about Money
- Starting Out on Your Own
- Finding Satisfaction
- Area of Practice Preferences