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