I’m always being asked by attorneys when is the best time to make a move. The days of having a one size fits all answer to that question are long gone. There are a so many components that go into that answer that are specific and personal to each individual attorney. Here are a few tips to help you think through your process and come up with the best answer for yourself.
First, on a scale of one to ten determine your own happiness meter with your current position, ten being 100% happy. If you honestly think and feel that you are closer to a ten, that means: You see a strong career path for yourself where you are. You are consistently getting assignments with significant and increasing responsibility. You enjoy working with and being mentored by your partners, and you are being mentored. Most importantly, you are working at a pace that you can maintain without burning out in a year. If that’s you, then by all means stay put and reevaluate in 6 months. However, if you are at a point in your career where you are wondering “what’s next” it may be time to embrace change.
There are proven, psychological benefits to making a career move. A clean slate will bring new energy and a fresh perspective that can completely reenergize your career. I’m not encouraging job hopping just because you have a bad month, but it is always important to take enough time for yourself to take care of yourself by exploring your options. It might just confirm that you are in exactly the right place for the time being, or it could open up an exciting next step in your career.
We all know that humans typically hate change. That’s a given. So, my advice to you on this point is don’t let the fear of change be the driving force in your decision. As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “The only constant in life is change.”