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Law Career Roundup: Wild Success & Happiness? Believe It Or Not, It’s Possible

Happy New YearLast time, in our end-of-the-year roundup, I suggested a number of articles about setting career-related New Year’s Resolutions. In our first full week of 2014, there have been more such articles. I’ll spare you from most of them, other than two about resolutions that you should NOT set.

Taking inspiration from this cool and short TED talk, this blogger suggests making 30-day commitments instead of New Year’s resolutions. What would you do for 30 days?

And here’s one specifically for unhappy lawyers: Don’t resolve to find a new job. Jennifer Alvey, a career coach who blogs about leaving law, says that now is not the time to find an exciting new job that you’ll get tired of in a few months. It’s time to dream! Agreed, but I’d add one thing to it: career research on top of self-reflection can help you figure out your path. Join JDCOT for help doing both.

Lawyers do tend to be unhappy with their careers, but here’s something to cheer about:

In a guest post for the Law Careerist, Dan Bowling explains how lawyers can choose to be happy with six helpful tips.

Talk about negativity: Business Insider calls document review “where lawyers’ careers go to die.” I’m not saying it’s a wonderful path, but there are ways to do something with that experience. Check out our interview with eDiscovery consultant Chad Schwarz.

What law career is growing right now? Elder care law. Keep your eyes on JDCOT for an interview with an elder care lawyer in a few weeks. For now, in Connecticut, elder care lawyers are asking that their specialty be recognized, requiring certification as well. Why should you care? It’s part of a larger trend toward specialization. If you haven’t thought beyond, “I want to be a lawyer,” check out our law career videos to figure out what you might like to specialize in.

Here are 10 ways to get rid of your student loan debt faster. These are practical things you can do today. Whether you want to do them is another question.

Don’t you love those blog posts with __ steps to success/wealth/happiness/the meaning of life? As if it were that simple! (Not even the school debt is so simple.) Well, this post on “7 things that can make you wildly successful,” is actually quite a good start on your path toward success – but be warned, these “things” aren’t an easy to-do list:

  1. First, Build A Better You
  2. Quality, Not Quantity
  3. Make Plans And Goals
  4. Focus On The Small Wins
  5. Know What Motivates You
  6. Choose The Right Workplace
  7. Learn People Skills

Not surprisingly, these are a lot of the things we focus on here at JDCOT. That must be why you all like us so much. Thanks for all who voted for us on the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100. We’re honored to be the top vote-getter for law school/career blogs!

What are you planning to do in the next 30 days or year to work toward success and happiness?

Whatever your goal is, let us help you.

Join JDCOT today.

JD Careers Out There web producer Megan SweasMegan Sweas is a web producer with JD Careers Out There. During a graduate journalism program at University of Southern California, she took a law class for fun. While many of her fellow journalists have made the transition to law, she’ll stick to writing about law careers.

 

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