Law thrives on its sup­port

As new solic­i­tors take the next step in their ca­reers, Heather Mck­endrick looks at how to make work bet­ter

The Scotsman - - Heriot-Watt University -

To­day is a day of cel­e­bra­tion. Not just for the 109 in­di­vid­u­als be­ing ad­mit­ted to the Roll of Scot­tish Solic­i­tors, but also for their fam­ily and friends, many of whom join us at the Signet Li­brary to­day.

Very few ac­com­plish­ments, are earned in iso­la­tion. When an ath­lete stands on the win­ner’s podium, the medal is the cul­mi­na­tion of many peo­ple’s ef­forts.

The same will be true for the in­di­vid­u­als whose achieve­ments we are cel­e­brat­ing to­day.

There have been teach­ers, lec­tur­ers, tu­tors, em­ploy­ers, fam­i­lies and friends all do­ing what they can to sup­port and en­cour­age each per­son to achieve their goals.

Keep­ing that sup­port net­work will be vi­tal to their on­go­ing suc­cess and in par­tic­u­lar, their well­be­ing.

Few jobs are easy or with­out oc­ca­sional stresses and strains, and the le­gal pro­fes­sion is no ex­cep­tion.

There will be ups and downs, just as there prob­a­bly have been on the way to this point.

Some de­gree of pres­sure and even stress can have a pos­i­tive ef­fect – it keeps us mo­ti­vated and fo­cused, en­sur­ing we work hard and meet our dead­lines.

How­ever, there will be times when stresses and pres­sures, whether in your per­sonal or pro­fes­sional life, are harder to man­age.

Men­tal Health Aware­ness Week last month fo­cused on the im­por­tance of look­ing af­ter your well­be­ing and seek­ing help if you are strug­gling.

Work­ing in part­ner­ship with a num­ber of firms and or­gan­i­sa­tions, we re­cently launched our Lawscot Well­be­ing .

The launch event was hosted by Bur­ness Paull and the speak­ers very gen­er­ously shared their ex­pe­ri­ences with men­tal health, cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment in which peo­ple felt they could open up about their own re­flec­tions and per­spec­tives.

This is a great step for­ward to­wards re­duc­ing the stigma sur­round­ing men­tal health.

A ca­reer in law is a chal­leng­ing one. It is hugely re­ward­ing at times, but comes with its share of pres­sures.

I would say to the in­di­vid­u­als be­ing ad­mit­ted to­day – seek help and sup­port when you need it and of­fer it when you can too.

Men­tor some­one more ju­nior, share your wis­dom and look af­ter your­self and the peo­ple around you.

This a pro­fes­sion to be proud of, and you can en­joy be­ing an im­por­tant part of it. n Solic­i­tors will find col­leagues, fam­ily, friends and the Law So­ci­ety of Scot­land an in­valu­able source of sup­port through­out their ca­reers. Pic­ture: Shutterstock

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