Everyone who has been through the slog knows how hard it is. If you are currently facing one of those hurdles, I have one word for you, PERSEVERE! Your opportunity will come knocking. Put yourself out there. Keep your head up. Endure the slog.
On a more personal note, I worked hard, even struggled at times, to find law positions through these hurdles; first year summer, second year summer, articling - I still refuse to reflect on the Bar exams. I remember the anxiety all too well. Once I was comfortably employed in each of these stages, I was happy. I found myself learning a ton, and felt successful. But the in-betweens were a different story! Attaining law positions through the slog felt daunting. I kept a sense of humour. Throughout I shared the difficulties with friends going through the same hurdles. I worked hard and persevered. I passed out resumes, cold-called lawyers, and checked in with mentors.
When it came time to find employment for that lawyer job, the last hurdle - the one I’d been working towards for the better part of a decade - an opportunity presented itself. It didn’t appear overnight. I had spent months revising cover letters in coffee shops, and attending CCLA and OBA functions. I had changed my concept of a dream job, and my focus areas in law, more times than I care to admit. When the opportunity presented itself, I was ready for it. I was in the right headspace and I had come around to the idea of working for myself.
One thing led to another, like a chain reaction, but my stars aligned and I am happily practicing family law. I got lucky. One thing was obvious to me. Contrary to the saying, timing was not everything. Without the hard work, the opportunity would have dissipated. With hard work – luck should be no problem.
by Ceilh Henderson, Advocacy Club Member
Ceilidh’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org. She practices Family law and Child Protection law, in partnership with Altynay Teshebaeva.