Make a list of all the work you did in your articles and identify which skills were utilized in each situation.
2. Fill in the Learning Gaps
After consulting the LSUC’s entry-level competencies, you may feel that there are gaps in your articling experience to date. Pick the areas that are most important to you, and seek out that work. There’s still time left!
Why: Your principal/employer might be so impressed with your proactive approach that this request might very well influence a hireback decision in your favour or a job opportunity in the future.
Resource: “Excelling at articles” by Ines Gavran
3. Ask for Feedback
Speak to the lawyers you have worked with and ask for feedback. Ask questions that determine your strengths as well as opportunities for improvement.
Why: You will want to grow as a professional and one of the most powerful ways to do that is to learn what kind of an impression you are making on others.
Resource: Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg at chapter 6 “Seek and Speak Your Truth”
What can you start doing now to prepare for your next steps?
Every year Lawyer Coach Paulette works with articling students on their transition to finding an associate position and excelling in their new role. If you’d like to learn more, set up a 30-minute complimentary call and visit www.hireback.ca
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