[EDITOR’S NOTE: We are delighted to publish today’s guest post by Katie Slater, former BigLaw attorney, who now runs Career Infusion, a career management firm, for lawyers and other professionals.]
Casey asked me to write a bit about the top five fears that lawyers have in leaving the law. When I first read his request, I actually thought he asked about the top fears lawyers have – period. And when I thought about it, the two are really linked in terms of the chokehold these fears can have on lawyers enjoying their careers and lives.
The homeless-under-the-bridge fear. For example, the top fear that a vast majority of lawyers have is the one I call “homeless under the bridge”. This fear says to you, if you try anything else, you will lose everything, have no money and (in my nightmare) end up homeless under a bridge. One friend says she had her park bench picked out. You get the gist (and I’m sure you have your own unique twist on it). This fear stops lawyers from engaging in different ways in their current job, stops them from trying new things in their job and career,