Everyone Thursday: Serenite Necklace

Juliet Company Serenite NecklaceI always like the color red for necklaces, and I’ll tell you why: it’s a flattering color on most women, and it usually makes you look more awake, which is why red lipstick is so popular.  And yet… red lipstick can be so hard to wear (I haaaaate the uneven fading and need to apply with total precision), and even red sweaters and the like can be a lot to work into a regular rotation of work outfits.  Necklaces, though, are great: grab ’em, throw ’em on as you run out the door with almost anything you’re wearing, and out you go.  This one has the added benefit of being only $66 — nice.  Juliet Company Serenite Necklace

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  1. Anon for this says:

    So, thoughts or advice welcome. I’m happy at my law firm. Have been practicing 7 years, at my current employer for 5. Other than all the typical work crap that you have to deal with, it’s a good place to work. But I’m worried about the time commitments increasing as I have to focus on business development, professional development, etc. I bill roughly 2000 a year (1900 minimum), not including all the unbillable development activities. I’m tired.

    I just received a concrete job offer to go in-house. I wasn’t looking, but it fell into my lap. On paper, it’s perfect. And I think I will accept. But I’m scared. What if I hate it? What if I can’t cut it in a corporation (they’re SO DIFFERENT than law firms)? I feel like this is irrevocably changing my career path. Can someone just tell me these are the normal jitters you get when you’re about to make a change into something unknown?

    • I think you’re asking great questions, but I don’t think there are any definitive answers — in house work is so varied depending on the company and type of position. But I do feel pretty confident in saying that after seven years in law firms, you absolutely can “cut it” in a corporation, and will almost certainly excel. I switched from a biglaw firm to the in house dept of a very large corporation after only three years, and I very nervous for some of the same reasons you’re articulating. It has indeed been a huge, huge change (mostly for the better), but in the 4+ years I’ve worked for my company, I’ve always gotten very positive reviews (even when I truly didn’t know what the h3ll I was doing). I would investigate things like the type of work, your colleagues, hours, pay, etc. — but not about whether you can be successful there. Good luck, and congratulations on the job offer!

    • newly in-house says:

      Don’t let the fear of it being different scare you away. I moved to an in-house job over the summer after 12 years of practice (7 at my last firm). Giving up partner status and knowing how to actually get stuff done (like who will actually fix my computer when it breaks on a weekend and who to call to hang the new artwork in my office) was hard, but I am so happy I made the switch. Is it a different mind-set? Yes. Do you have to establish yourself again? Yes. But that’s true with any new job. For me, I was working 2500 hours a year, a junior partner that barely had a book of business and insane pressure to get more clients, and a relationship that was massively suffering because work was my life. I still get to do work I enjoy, but when I leave at 6 pm, I leave. No one emails, no one calls, no one expects me to be on call 24/7. Obviously if there’s an emergency, that’s a different story, but the ability to walk out the door and not spend the rest of the night stressing over the upcoming deadlines, the political drama at my firm, my time entries that I invariably wasn’t current on, my business development plan, and the million other things that law firm life entails, is priceless. Long story short, accept the offer. They don’t come along very often (especially if you’re a litigator), and the stress only gets worse as you settle into senior associate or junior partner mode.

      • Anon for this says:

        Thanks so much, everyone! I feel better knowing it’s normal, and newly in-house, you just described exactly what I worried about and why in-house looks so appealing. This makes me feel much better!

  2. I’m in a very similar situation and if a similar offer fell into my lap, I would 1) feel exactly as nervous as you are, and 2) still accept. I’ve been talking to tons of partners, in-house folks, etc. as part of my senior associate due diligence, and it’s increasingly clear to me that being a partner in a law firm is just a ton of work on many fronts. It can be great work, but it’s still a lot of work.

    I also know a handful of lawyers who have gone from a law firm to in house and back again. This move isn’t closing any doors.

    In short: this is normal and you should go for it. Change is good!

  3. In House Lobbyist says:

    I spent 4 years in government, 3 years at a firm and almost 5 years in house now. I was worried about leaving the law firm and expressed this to my mentor who was encouraging me seriously consider the in house offer that came out of no where. My mentor was at anothe firm so it wasn’t like he was gently pushing me out of the firm. He told me that there is a reason people don’t leave corporations and go to law firms. He told me I could always come back to a firm but probably wouldn’t want to. He was absolutely right and I am glad listened even though the in house offer was a couple of years ahead of my perceived schedule. So my point is to seriously consider it. With 2 little ones now, I know I made the right choice and am so happy in house.

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