How to Work Wisely

22 Feb 2017

This article, reprinted from The New York Times, is targeted to students to enhance their college experience, but the five exercises can be used by lawyers and others to enhance their career development. 

Your Career: Courage is the Most Important Virtue

12 Oct 2016

Without courage, we may not make changes we know we should make to be happy. 

A Career is Not a Journey

08 Sep 2016

Alan Watts on why it's hazardous to think of your career as a journey with a satisfying destination. 

Your Strategic Career Plan

11 Apr 2016

To create an effective strategic plan you need to have a concrete, measurable goal, and you need to set forth particular actions you will take in a certain timeframe.

Career Theory, Part 2: Identifying Compatible Jobs

07 Mar 2016

In my first installment about the career planning process for public interest lawyers I emphasized the importance of identifying your talents. Talents are skills you enjoy using. In my case, my talents are public speaking, counseling, and writing. Identifying your talents is roughly akin to having a compass for your career journey. Your talents are your magnetic North. Now you can start your search for the right job. 

Three Steps to Job Satisfaction

11 Feb 2016

Career Planning Theory

For those of you who are just embarking on a career as a lawyer or for those who have been practicing for some time certain universal truths apply to the career planning process.  To find a satisfying job in public interest law (or in any field for that matter) you need to follow three steps: (1) know yourself; (2) identify compatible jobs; (3) create a written plan and follow through with it. In the next three blog posts we will look in depth at these three steps. This week we will look at the first step. 

Career decisions: do you focus on risk or on opportunity?

14 Dec 2015

Do you postpone pursuing a public interest career out of fear -- fear of failure, fear of parental disapproval, fear of living a less lofty lifestyle, you name it -- or do you pursue a public interest career because you see it as an opportunity for growth? This smart LinkedIn article by James Altucher contains a wealth of insights about how we make important decisions in our life. I am constantly battling my own avoidant streak. Yes, by embracing risks you may feel fearful.

What is a Successful Legal Career?

29 Aug 2015

Ellen Ostrow offered some thoughts in a recent article, and we'd be keen to hear your opinions.

Occupy Central's lessons for public interest startups

07 Jan 2015

Storytelling your way to a better project

17 Dec 2014


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