I know how challenging it is to be a junior lawyer. I was one!
I understand how hard it is to meet the increasing expectations and demands of clients, supervisors and Senior Partners, especially when you are doing it in isolation, doubting yourself and not knowing who to ask for help.
I may have moved on from my legal career but I too, was in the shoes of your junior lawyers questioning myself daily:
- Why can’t I do this?
- Am I the only one finding it hard to navigate working in the legal profession?
And so… I left Law and pursued a career in Human Resources, thinking that would make a difference to my ability to THRIVE in my chosen career. It didn’t. The mindset of
‘success = work long hours; work harder and ALWAYS be on duty’
plagued me in all of the professional roles I held until 2017.
That’s when I suffered a major burnout resulting in me losing the ability to walk for several days. Recovery took months and involved some serious and frank reflection on how I got there in the first place. I researched how to recover from and avoid burnout happening again and developed a growing realisation that burnout is all around us! Everyone I spoke to about my experience, either had a similar story to share or could recognise that they were on the same path as I had been prior to my burnout.
And so, the Burn Bright Programme was created! Essentially, it is a culmination of the tools and techniques that helped me to recover from my own burnout.
Through my research around this topic, I realized that the culmination of my burnout in 2017 actually began when I had effectively burnt out in law, I just didn’t know that’s what was happening at the time. I simply thought that I didn’t have what it took to be a great lawyer. Maybe if I had known then what I know now, I would never have left the Legal Profession. But then… I wouldn’t have the knowledge or experience to help you now would I!