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Given your skills profile, ask yourself if you are working in the practice best offering scope for personal and professional development? Is there a skills profile/firm profile match? A property lawyer operating within a mainly corporate practice may ultimately be limiting his/her options for partnership or even senior level positions. Think about how far you can take your skills profile. Similarly, will you become too experienced and too well paid to be able to make a sideways move (to a more junior level position as you see it) and retrain within a different specialist area? Others may view this as a downward step, given the salary/experience ratio, and firms may be less willing to offer you that opportunity than to a more junior level lawyer. This allows the firm to match salary and experience, as well as allowing them to train up staff within that specific corporate culture.
More senior lawyers bring experience, market knowledge, reputation, followings and the corporate cultural baggage of another firm! You may consider your years of experience as a strength you bring, other firms may form a different opinion. They may consider this as a weakness and as a result draw conclusions, rightly or wrongly, about your adaptability to new corporate cultures. This is why it is very important to consider the retraining issue, and not wait 6-8 years before looking closely at the skills profile/firm profile match. If there is no match, then how likely is this to change in the short to medium to long-term future? Given current trends to specialise, then you should be looking to find yourself in the working environment most suited to your skills that will allow you to develop and progress. Career planning is integral to your professional and personal success.
NQ SPOTLIGHT FEATURE – CHLOE SMITH We are pleased to bring you FWA’s first Spotlight Feature of 2024, Chloe Smith. We have worked closely with many NQ Solicitors over the years in helping to secure them an NQ position, as well as offering general support on the recruitment process. Therefore, we thought it would be […]
As she returns from maternity leave, we are delighted to announce that Jade will be moving into a dedicated recruitment role within FWA, as a Recruitment Consultant, strengthening the expertise of the team working alongside Frasia, Cameron, Teddie and Stephanie. This further strengthens our commitment to providing internal support to the team as well as […]
QUALIFYING IN 2024? Over the past years we have worked on a large number of newly qualified positions with firms and organisations based all over Scotland. We will also have opportunities in the Channel Islands and London in 2024 so we are well placed to assist and advise you on NQ opportunities wherever your […]