Biz: How are you leveraging those connections to grow your career?
T.B.: I’m at the point where I’m ready to establish what works for me in terms of my specialty work. That means networking not just for information purposes, but to mold my career and figure out my path—especially now that the legal world is changing, and a career path doesn’t necessarily have to fall in line with the traditional outlook.
Biz: That sounds daunting. How do you work toward that kind of path?
T.B.: You don’t set yourself on one path and hope it stays straight—you get used to the fact that things change. That means talking to people who have achieved their career goals in different ways and growing your knowledge base to take advantage of what opportunities are out there. That includes communicating with people inside the firm but also family members, friends from law school and other professional connections. I find it really helpful to talk through possibilities with others.