February 27, 2012 Articles

Counselor, Who Is Counseling You?

Guided professional development, modeling advice, and advocacy are ongoing necessities for a successful legal career.

By Ellen Ostrow, PhD, CMC

“As any good mountaineer will tell you, a successful ascent requires a good deal of preparation: choosing fellow climbers, ensuring team conditioning, assembling first-rate equipment and having experienced guides.”

Jay M. Jackman. Quoted in Nichols, Nancy A.  (Ed.), “Reach for the Top: Women and the Changing Facts of Work Life,” Harvard Business School Press, 1996, p. 81.

The need to strategically plan and navigate your career never ends. When you enter a new workplace, you need to understand the culture of the organization. As you move up the ranks, you need to master delegation and management skills. At midcareer, you may be ready for new professional challenges but still need some guidance. And retirement transitions require a different kind of assistance. Guided professional development, modeling advice, and advocacy are ongoing necessities for a successful legal career.

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