Before late last year, many young lawyers were expecting to progress their career in private practice. With the changing economic conditions many people are reassessing their expectations of where their future lies. As a recruitment consultant, I speak to many young lawyers who are unsure of what other avenues exist for them.
The first step is to try not to be pessimistic! Try to think how lucky you are after completing your law degree and practising for a few years - you have some options available to you
The next step is to focus on what interests you. Young lawyers have entered many other fields including academia, in-house, government, general management, politics, marketing, human resources and recruitment. Many have also undertaken post-graduate studies in areas of law that interest them.
Another step is to ensure you develop and maintain a strong network. Opportunities will often arise with those people who have a genuine interest in helping you. While your immediate network many not have a lot of influence, they may know the right people who have the power to make things happen for you.
Finally, connect with a good recruitment consultant - one who can provide you with good advice as well as keep you abreast of new opportunities.