As the number of women in law schools continues to rise, there is an increased focus on empowering them. To that end, we recently hosted a virtual panel for Wake Forest University School of Law students looking to glean some career advice.
Attorneys Joanne Badr Morgan, Amy Wang and Amy Wooten shared some valuable insights about the legal industry and navigating life as a woman lawyer.
Having a focus on your strengths is a great way to grow in your career. It helps you avoid pitfalls that could derail you, such as focusing on your weaknesses and ignoring the skillsets that are most important for your future success.
Trying something new is also an excellent way to build confidence and experience. The key is to take baby steps in new situations and make sure you don’t give up before you’ve had a chance to prove yourself.
If you’re a bit worried about making mistakes, remember that this is part of the learning process, and you can always go back and try again later. It’s also essential to keep your focus on your strengths and be kind to yourself, especially if you’re feeling anxious about attempting something new.
The bottom line is that you need to be a strong and resilient person in order to succeed in law school, as well as in your career. There will be times when you experience setbacks, but a good law student will never let a short-term struggle discourage them from trying again in the future.
Trying something new is one of the best ways to discover your passions. It can lead to a new hobby, new love, or even a new career path.
It’s also a great way to meet people and make friends. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, try to keep your social life active.
If you’re a little nervous about something you’ve always wanted to do, talk to someone you trust who knows what you’re going through and who can help you feel less intimidated. They can also give you some tips on how to approach the activity and prepare yourself before you start.
Networking is a skill that can be learned and is essential for building a career. It’s not about begging for favours but rather about cultivating mutually beneficial relationships.
In the end, if you do not take on new challenges and try new things, your experiences will be limited. The world is full of wonder and excitement, so try to be open-minded and explore it all. That will lead to a life of growth and adventure that you can look back on with happiness and pride.
Networking can be done through professional associations, social events, or by attending career conferences and seminars. Make sure to participate in a variety of events and be intentional about who you want to connect with.
Your network should include people who are in your field of interest, but it can also have anyone who is willing to help you, such as friends, neighbours, classmates or professors, and alums.
When it comes to networking, don’t be afraid to be authentic and open with those you meet. It’s a two-way street, and people appreciate honesty.
If you have questions about your next step, don’t be afraid to ask. There are a lot of resources available, from your law school career services office to alum networks and professional organizations.
Your classmates can be your best friends, mentors and connections to future jobs. They will encourage you to pursue your dreams, whether that means a career in the legal field or something else entirely.
You can also seek help from a faculty member who is familiar with the challenges of law school. They can offer advice and suggestions about how to stay on track and tackle procrastination, which is typical for many law students.
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or stressed out, don’t be afraid to talk with a counsellor in your law school’s career services office. They have a lot of experience helping graduates find jobs and can give you great tips for your job search. They can also recommend resources like practice interviews and resume coaching that may be helpful for you.