With Julia Puntoriero, associate director - Australia, Asia and London, EJ Group
Q I am from a large firm and have recently become more interested in exploring in-house opportunities. When is the best time to make the transition?
AThere is no one answer to this. It all depends on your level of experience, practice area, career plans and the type of work environment you prefer.
In large firms you may be offered an opportunity to take a secondment within an organisation which is the best way to begin the process. From this, you will quickly work out where your preference lies and what work environment you are more akin to. If you find you prefer private practice, you know you are well placed where you are, having had the luxury of knowing that in-house is not your style.
Alternatively, a secondment could work in reverse and make you realise you prefer in-house legal roles and that is going to be your next logical career step.
If you do not have the option of a secondment, remember once you make that transition to in-house you are always going to encounter less private practice opportunities when trying to make that transition back into a law firm.