With April fast approaching, now is the perfect time to undergo a full spring clean. From tidying your kitchen cupboards to cleaning out your wardrobe, a spring clean is an opportunity to reorganise your home and prepare for the upcoming year. But, why stop there? While it is undeniably satisfying to wipe away that layer of dust that’s built up over winter, a spring clean doesn’t have to just be applied to the interior of your home. In fact, a spring clean can be a fantastic way to reorganise and reinvigorate other areas of your life, including your career.
Particularly for busy professionals in the legal sector, a spring clean can be the ideal opportunity to re-set career goals and work out how to achieve them.
How to Spring Clean your Legal Career
“Dust off” your values
As the first step to any spring clean is dusting, why not start with “dusting off” your values? Connecting with what you find most meaningful and rewarding is a great first step to checking that your career trajectory is the best fit for your life goals. You may have a yearning for more control over your client base, or want a bit more freedom in setting fee structures that fit your client’s circumstances or be looking for a work pattern that allows you to work at times and in ways that make you most productive. These things may suggest a more entrepreneurial career path could fit with your personal values. Here’s a light-touch quiz to help identify what type of entrepreneur you might be.
“Tidy up” your goals
Next, you could roll your sleeves up and organise your career goals, working up the steps required to achieve them. These goals could be anything from developing your know-how in a particular practice area to pursuing a promotion at your current firm. It could also be that you’re ready for a change of firm or even to launch your own practice.
“Polish” your skillset
During your personal “spring clean”, you can take time to identify which skills you need to develop to enable you to achieve your career goals. Including these in your Continuing Competence or CPD plan and reflecting on your progress in your Annual Declaration will give you a good means to stay on track with your career development. If you’ve decided that you want to take a more entrepreneurial route in your career, but don’t yet have the skillset required, Carbon Law Partners can help.
At Carbon Law Partners, we understand that not all technically excellent lawyers are given the opportunity to take their legal specialism and turn it into a successful business. That’s why, if you’re an entrepreneurial lawyer looking to take that next step in your legal career, we’ll provide you with the support you need to develop and improve your business skills.
Join Carbon Law Partners
Sometimes a spring clean can inspire a fresh start. If you’ve reviewed your values, goals and skills and believe you’re ready to progress your legal career from lawyer to business owner, Carbon Law Partners may be the place for you. At Carbon, we take aspiring entrepreneurial lawyers and equip them with the skills and support they need to grow their practices into a profitable business. But, don’t just take our word for it.
‘Choosing to build my practice with Carbon means I have the right support to develop not just my practice, but my business and technical skills, in a way that works for me.’ – Matt Huggett, Partner, HR & Employment, Carbon Law Partners
‘Carbon’s attention to business quality is second to none. As Partners, we celebrate the high standard of quality control that we adhere to – our clients celebrate it too.’ – Steffani Asquith, Partner, Finance, Planning & Property, Carbon Law Partners
If you’ve recently completed a spring clean of your legal career and think Carbon Law Partners could help you achieve your career goals, please get in touch. It’s guaranteed to put a spring in your next step.