Tips for lawyers starting out in their in-house career—an interview with Clare Woolley

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Tips for lawyers starting out in their in-house career—an interview with Clare Woolley

Do you have any advice for lawyers starting out in their in-house career?

I would say go with the flow and don’t have a fixed idea of where you are going to end up. When you are a trainee you don’t know a lot about law, let alone the area that you want to specialise in or whether you want to work in private practice or in-house. Take every opportunity that’s in front of you, don’t prejudge whether you are going to like something or not. If you find you don’t like it, then don’t do it again!

People can have too rigid an idea of their career path, which doesn’t always play well to their natural talents or allow them to maximise opportunities that cross their paths. Take time to reflect on each experience that you have, particularly the more difficult ones; understand what made it difficult for you and what you would do in the same situation next time to make It easier. But at the same time, while reflection and learning from mistakes is important , do not to set yourself unrealistic expectations and try to achieve perfection. It is more important to understand where your strengths and weaknesses are, try to adapt your style to accommodate them and understand areas

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