5 Ways to Amp Up Your Career


It feels like COVID-19 has permanently changed the legal profession, making career planning and goal management more important than ever. What can I do to amp up my career and make my work more meaningful?  


There’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work. Many of us are still working from home, and the isolation that comes with being away from the office can make it harder to stay motivated and find meaning in our work. Here are five ways to find satisfaction in your job, even in today’s challenging circumstances: 

  1. Go after your goals. Are there some professional milestones you’d like to achieve in the year ahead? Maybe you’re looking for a raise or a promotion? You may miss the contact and collaboration that comes from working in a shared space, but that doesn’t mean you have to simply hunker down and wait for things to change. You can make that change happen now by reaching out to your supervisors and mentors and asking for help and advice on reaching your goals. 
  2. Test some new skills. One of the best ways to find value in your work is to seek out opportunities to develop and test new skills. Whether these projects are billable or pro bono is less important than that they feel challenging and rewarding. 
  3. Give ─ and receive ─ support. Sometimes helping others find success is as rewarding as achieving it yourself. Look for ways to help your coworkers with their projects and accept support if they offer it to you. This is a good way to connect with your team and combat the isolation that can make work feel monotonous. 
  4. Know the importance of your role. It’s always important to remember that your work as a legal professional is part of a bigger picture. Know where your role fits in with the rest of the firm, and remember that everything you do adds to its overall success. 
  5. Find ─ or become ─ a mentor. There are no losers when it comes to mentoring or being mentored at work. Whatever side of the ledger you’re on, it’s a way to nurture your collaborative mindset and expose yourself to fresh ideas.