You’ve graduated from law school, passed the bar exam, and got the job you’ve always wanted. There is only one problem, you just realized you have no clue what you’re doing. No matter your class rank or how confident you seem – your work product will probably show your lack of experience, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be successful. The following practices will allow you to make a positive impact at your firm even though you might be young and inexperienced.
Surround Yourself with Smart People
If you’re young and inexperienced but believe you’re the smartest person at your firm, find another firm!! Being around smart people will make you smarter, it will make you up your game, and allow you to expand and challenge your own views. People who are smarter and more experienced will not only provide you good counsel at the beginning of your career, but truly smart people will be compassionate when you need help or make a mistake – which is almost inevitable as a young lawyer.
There is nothing worse than a flakey person, especially in a law firm. If you’ve been entrusted with a task take it head on, be accountable and execute. If your boss, co-workers, clients or even opposing counsel can’t rely on you, you’ll never build a good reputation or be successful. When you prove to be reliable, you’ll get assigned more tasks and you’ll make clients feel more comfortable.
Bring something from your Generation to the Table
Make yourself an asset by bringing something unique from your generation to the table. You may not realize what all the mindless hours on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube have done to your brain. I’ve come to realize all the hours of scrolling made digital media and marketing come as second nature to me. Don’t downplay your knowledge or experience with digital media, instead use it as a tool and lend your insight whenever you get the chance. It will make you a unique asset beyond your work product.
Work Hard and Have a Positive Attitude
The importance of hard work is pretty obvious. Especially when you’re just starting your career. Be grateful and take all opportunities you are given, even if they require you to work late nights or weekends, because each opportunity is a chance for you to prove your dedication and determination. Complaining will only make you an unpleasant person, and an unpleasant task that much more unpleasant. Instead, build relationships, find things to laugh at, and try to spark creativity whenever possible. Being nice and having a positive attitude will not only allow you to build a good reputation, but in the meantime, it will make you more enjoyable to be around.
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