You don’t have to take my word for it…take theirs!
1) Make a conscious effort to build and maintain your personal network. A lot of people don’t take this seriously and don’t realize the importance of maintaining your personal network. Your network will provide you with information on changes within your industry, new job prospects, and even opportunities to move up within the company that you currently work for. All these depend on having good personal connections with both the people you work with and the people who work in your industry.
Likewise, not having those personal connections can lead to missed opportunities. Employers will ask their employees if they know of anyone who might be a potential candidate for a job opening. If those employees once worked with you, make sure they have positive things to say about you. If you have the opportunity to interact with your co-workers, even if it is just going out for 20-30 minutes after work and catching a train a half hour later than normal, do it. You will leave a positive impression that will last far longer than you think.
2) Keep an open mind on your career path. Very few people today end up in the same place they started. Being in the legal field opens many doors to many different careers. Never ignore a potential opportunity just because it doesn’t line up perfectly with your education. The Law Clerk program and legal field will provide you with many transferable skills which will make you well suited for a variety of different careers.
Matthew – Law Clerk Advanced Graduate, 2011