A senior associate told me that first-years don’t bring in clients. I tried anyway. Another one told me that I was wasting good billing time revising marketing materials with our recruiting team. I did it anyway. Everyone tells me I should do as many different kinds of work for as many different partners as possible. I do the work I like for the partners I like.
I’m not trying to play Rebel Without A Cause here. But I am determining my own experience. My career and my life are my own. There are certain things I like doing and want to do more of and get better at. So I do those things as much as I can within the realm of the acceptable. And when that realm becomes too confining, I’ll make some decisions.
No matter what situation you find yourself in, you have to determine your own experience or someone will do it for you. And once someone puts you on a track of their choosing it’s hard to get off. This isn’t to say that you should refuse to do anything you don’t like doing; that’s just unrealistic. But if you’re consistently passing up opportunities that you want to pursue because they don’t jive with someone else’s expectations, you’re running a serious risk of riding the rails into a life you don’t want.