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The One Thing You Can Do to Position Yourself for Your Next Career Move

What do Tina Fey, Justin Timberlake, and Ellen DeGeneres have in common? Aside from being excellent and hilarious entertainers, each of these influencers has done an exceptional job with personal branding.

Though the meaning has fluctuated over the years, what I mean by “personal branding” here is your unique promise of value. That is—your personal brand is the story only you are able to tell. It’s the one that makes you stand out from the rest of the pack.

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200 Lawyers on What Career Fulfillment Looks Like Today—and What it Takes to Get There

Every law school graduate knows the classic career trajectory: snag an associate position at a firm after graduation, work crazy hours to prove your worth, and then, hopefully, make partner and ascend to the next level, financially and otherwise.

But that typical path may be shifting. The rise in emphasis on overall quality of life and career fulfillment has produced a sea change in the next generation of lawyers, who have found the traditional route to success leaves much to be desired.

At least, according to a recent survey we conducted. We asked lawyers across the spectrum—from associates to partners, to in-house counsel for companies to attorneys working in government—questions about their values, where they plan to go next, down to the most basic question of all: Are they happy in their careers?

Looking toward the future, plenty of lawyers laid out a big question mark. One lawyer admitted they enjoyed their day-to-day, but doubted the path ahead: “I like my firm, but I always wonder if one day I will burn out.” Another worried about balancing it all: “Will I have a life, and if so, will they pay me enough to keep up with the cost of living?” Their responses circled the same topics‚ from figuring out their career to money concerns. One respondent basically summed it up: “Where am I going, where do I want to go (career-wise), and can I make it work financially?”

The overall results are pretty fascinating, and provide understanding into how lawyers are defining their careers today, as well as what it means to achieve fulfillment in the current job market.

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Facing a post-MBA career crossroads

Facing a Post-MBA Career Crossroads: How To Pull a Successful Career Pivot

You worked hard to earn your MBA and land a prestigious job upon graduation. But after a couple of years in, you might be thinking, Is this all there is? If you’re unfulfilled because you’re not passionate about the day-to-day reality of your job—don’t worry, you’re not alone. Not by a long shot.

I’ve worked with many MBA alumni who faced this challenge. While going with the highest salary offer to relieve some of the financial pressures of their student loan debt made practical sense at first, a taste of financial freedom allows them explore positions better aligned with purpose and interests. Simply put, they focus less about the ROI of their MBAs, and more on finding engaging, yet still lucrative, work. Others focus on getting married and starting families; as their priorities changed, career tracks offering flexibility and work-life balance became more desirable.

If you’re a couple of years removed from business school and now at a career crossroads, here’s how to develop expert career management skills that will help you find a great next step.

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6 Signs You Won't Make Partner at Your Law Firm

6 Signs You Won’t Make Partner at Your Law Firm (And What You Can Do Next)

If you’re a young lawyer working at a law firm, you probably envision being named partner someday. But, as you know, the road to partnership can be tough to traverse, even for the most prepared associate—and it’s only gotten more rigorous in recent years. Consider this: The number of equity partners at firms has increased by only 27% over the past 15 years, while the number of all other attorneys has increased by nearly 86%. Additionally, the demand for law firm services has been fairly stagnant for the past eight years, with the exception of a brief rise in 2011, according to the 2016 Report on the State of the Legal Market. The increasing competitiveness among firms has resulted in a thinning of the ranks for equity partners, which means a much longer timeline to being named one, if at all.

While you can’t predict whether you’ll be named partner, you still have significant ability as an associate to steer your career in the right direction. Because it’s now more difficult than ever to make partner, you’ll want to know if you are on the right track, so you can come up with a game plan to reach that goal more quickly—or decide whether you want to pursue other options.

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16 money and career podcasts we love

Our 16 Favorite Podcasts for Your Career and Money

For people focused on their careers, finances, and relationships, podcasts are the self-help books of the 21st century. They’re typically pretty short (most under an hour) and easily accessible, allowing listeners to take in episodes while driving, working out, or whipping up something for dinner.

Because we know how important career success, wealth, and personal connections are to our members, we’ve handpicked 16 podcasts that offer everything from advice on achieving business success to finance tips to lessons on how to enrich your life.

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