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Career Crossroads


Practice management

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1 January 2019

The Law Society


246 x 172 mm
128 pages

Career Crossroads


Career Crossroads is an insightful and practical resource for lawyers facing major choices on their career path and considering a change in career direction.

It helps you understand why lawyers find career change hard because of their training in critical thinking and identifying risks, and why in-depth self-awareness and good time management are essential for a successful career change.

The book explores the most common career crossroads for lawyers; whether to become a partner in private practice or not, moving from private practice to in-house, becoming self-employed, returning to the law after having a child or illness, second careers e.g. portfolio careers including non-executive directors (NEDs), career choices on becoming a solicitor and whether to leave the law.

The book shares case studies of lawyers who have made a career transition, sharing their learnings and tips, and other useful career resources from The Law Society. The topics of relaunching yourself and common blocks to success and how to overcome them give additional valuable guidance for the next stage of your career.


Foreword (Rita Oscar, Product manager Careers at The Law Society).1. Lawyers and career change; 2. The importance of self-awareness; 3. Common career crossroads and transitions; 4. How to change career direction; 5. Time management for a successful career change; 6. Relaunching the repositioned you; 7. Blocks to success; 8. Useful career resources. All chapters have action planning to embed learning and for your continuing competence.

About the Author

Rachel Brushfield is The Talent Liberator and is the founder of Energise – The Talent Liberation Company.

Rachel has supported the Law Society Returners course for many years and creates and delivers career events, webinars and career transition case studies for The Law Society, as well as articles. Career fulfillment, portfolio careers and helping women to market themselves for career success are specialisms.

Rachel helps her clients achieve uplifting breakthroughs at major career crossroads, and a smooth transition for a more fulfilling, flexible career with better work life balance.