3 Ways to Stay Engaged in Your Career – Corporette.com

I’ve seen a lot of discussion lately in the comments about quitting, disengagement from your career and more – so I thought we’d discuss. What are your top tips for ways to stay engaged in your career? Why do you think it’s important to stay engaged – or the back? Can you be committed to your career and still have a work-life balance that is more pro-life?

One question I’d be interested in hearing from some of the readers is what are the best ways to stay engaged in your career when you’re in a lockstep system like BigLaw where everyone advances at the same rate and gets paid the same ?

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Why to stay engaged in your career

There are 168 hours in the week — if you work a strict 40-hour work week and sleep 7 hours a night, you’re at work a full third of your time. I can tell you from experience: if you are not engaged, the work will be a mess. Furthermore, it often feels like the main consequence of being disengaged is that you are unproductive and require more time at work.

In 2022 terms, this doesn’t mean quitting or leaning out is bad – it feels like there’s a huge movement re-evaluating what people want from their jobs, as well as what kind of work-life balance they want. prefer.

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Hopefully, the tips below will be a step back to being engaged in your career and your job, whether you’ve been intentionally disengaged for a while or find yourself accidentally disengaged.

3 ways to stay engaged in your career

Iterate on your career by learning something new

If you’ve been doing the same things at your job for a while now, mix things up by learning a new skill, a new alternative way of doing things, or more niche facts. Some employers may keep lists of various skills (I know my old law firm did); you might also look at your colleagues and classmates and see what things they’ve done that you just don’t know about. Another option here: find a conference or course you can take that is related to your current job.

Look for complementary career paths

This kind of comes back to learning something new, as well as networking – there are certainly a number of things you can do with your degree, work experience, skills and interests – and it might be interesting to explore them. For example, a BigLaw attorney might want to learn about smaller firms, in-house work, teaching, or transitioning to another job solely for one of their legal clients. Don’t forget to get in touch with old classmates – it might be interesting to see where some have ended up.

Some of our previous posts on this topic that might be of interest:

Tip #3 for Staying Engaged: Mentoring

If you are at the point where you want to disconnect a little, you have probably also reached the stage where you have some wisdom and can pass it on to someone else. It’s as easy as asking a more junior colleague out to lunch – and note that it might even help if you realize they have newer skills that you don’t (tip #1) or if they’re aware of different career paths you haven’t considered.

Readers, what do you think are the best ways to stay engaged in your career? Do the answers change if you are in a lockstep system like BigLaw? What do you think are the benefits of staying engaged?

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