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CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

MAKE FRIENDS WITH
YOUR COWORKERS
Don't email the other lawyers in your firm. Walk a few
steps over to their offices and take the time to connect
with them. Even the most introverted person needs
face-to-face human interaction. And a strong peer
network - having coworkers to go to for help -
can prove crucial when you are in a bind or a crisis.

EVALUATE YOUR OWN
STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
HONESTLY

REIGNITE YOUR

PASSION

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FOR THE
PROFESSION

By Anna Stolley Persky

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awyers are known for complaining about their lack
of career satisfaction. Over the years, study after study
has depicted the majority of lawyers as unhappy in their
chosen profession. Nevertheless, the practice of law

Search out the cases that best utilize your strengths.
When you are working on a case that allows you to use
your strengths, you are less likely to experience stress
and boredom.

TAKE BREAKS
Don't spend your whole workday at your desk without
looking up from your computer. Go for a walk outside.
Go out for lunch. Take a yoga class. Meditate. Do an
activity that clears your head and refreshes you. If you
don't have time for that, you can, at the very least, break
up the boredom and strain of sitting in one position
by stretching every hour.

IF YOU ARE FEELING LIKE
YOUR WORK LACKS
IMPORTANCE OR MEANING,
TAKE ON A PRO BONO CASE
Working for free won't help your bottom line, but it
gives you a chance to potentially learn a new area of
the law and to help someone in need.
Anna Stolley Persky is a regular contributor to Washington Lawyer.

doesn't have to be miserable. For some lawyers experiencing
dissatisfaction, a few simple changes may make a difference.
Here are some tips for increasing job satisfaction:

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