#40: Listener Q&A — Strategic Career Decisions for Young Lawyers

Today I’m bringing you another Q&A episode where I answer a question from a listener about career planning as a young lawyer right out of law school. Want to know how to take your career on a plausible path that is aligned with where you ultimately want to be? I’ll be sharing my thoughts on how to pave your own way when you wish to get away from the “traditional” career path, how often you should move jobs and how important it is to stay honest with yourself during this process.

Things you will learn in this episode:

  • If you should you be looking for a job that is aligned with your career goal or just the best experience possible to add to your resume
  • How I planned her own career path (despite what colleagues were telling me to do)
  • The state of the job market now for a career in law and how it can influence your ultimate path
  • When to “grin and bear it” and when to pave your own way
  • The essential habit you need to implement early in your career
  • How changing jobs often is perceived now and how it can influence your career path in today’s market
  • What to do when your employer doesn’t value you as a hard worker and overachiever


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Professional Bio

Heather Joy Hubbard is an attorney, speaker, author, and strategic coach. Through her personal and professional development company, she helps attorneys reduce stress, manage priorities, and build a book of business. Prior to her work helping professionals find more balance and success, Heather was a partner and practice group leader at an AmLaw 200 firm. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Copyright, Trademark, Intellectual Property Litigation and Patent Litigation, Mid-South SuperLawyers, Benchmark Litigation and Managing IP Stars. She was also named one of Nashville's Top 40 under 40 by the Nashville Business Journal. Heather graduated  summa cum laude   from the University of Louisville and received her  juris doctorate  from Vanderbilt University Law School.

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