A Supervising Role is Long Overdue. What Should My Next Move be?

by admin 20. January 2014 09:42

Dear Jane,

I’ve been the most junior person in my department now for five years and there is no end in sight. My group isn’t hiring. Consequently, I feel like I’m doing the same things over and over again and that’s the way it is going to stay.

Sincerely,

Need Someone to Supervise

 

Dear Need Someone to Supervise,

You are right to be concerned – you need to demonstrate the ability to people and project manage in order to matriculate in the senior associate ranks. Talk to your mentor about your concerns and come with some possible solutions. Can some of what you do be delegated to a junior associate in another office or in a different group (especially if he/she needs hours)? Can some of what you do be delegated to a legal assistant? How can you cover the work you’re doing and still get an opportunity to also take on more challenging skill building assignments? 


Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.

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