Being technically good at your job is important, but in todays oversaturated job market, it is important to be more than your job.
Now you have to stand out from your peers in order to progress up the career ladder, and here are 3 ways to do it:
Step 1: Don't sit still, get involved, say yes to any opportunity that comes your way. You never know who you will meet and where it will take you. You are not going to get anywhere by staying locked up in your office, you may get your to-do list done faster, but you won't be meeting new people or developing your skill set sat at your desk.
Step 2: Get out of your comfort zone. No one is asking you to dive in the deep end straight away, but doing little things every day will help build you up to this point. Start in the shallow end and gradually get deeper. Not only will you improve your skill set but your confidence will grow too, which is essential for career progression. You have to genuinely believe that no one can do the job as well as you.
Step 3: Know exactly who you are, what you can do, what you want, and then go out and tell people. Set yourself apart, you are an individual after all. Make sure people remember your personal brand for the right reasons.
Starting your legal career can be daunting: your seniors and peers are very capable and technical ability is almost assumed. But being a successful lawyer is not just about the technical law, and building strong soft skills is key to success. As I qualified, one way I did this was by getting involved in the diversity programme at my firm and learning more about the soft skills, the business acumen and workplace psychology that those at the top of their field have mastered in order to progress their career success. Themes that ran through the majority of events I have attended over the last few years focused on two key aspects: confidence and networking.