Ca­reer is not a solo ef­fort

Ali­son Atack

The Scotsman - - Heriot-Watt University -

Two weeks ago, I stood along­side my peers and col­leagues, as I took up the reins as the Law So­ci­ety of Scot­land’s 55th pres­i­dent.

Hav­ing been a Scot­tish so­lic­i­tor for more years than I care to re­mem­ber, I now find my­self in the un­fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory of be­ing the “new­bie”.

The op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved in lead­ing the le­gal pro­fes­sion is an ex­cit­ing prospect, but I will also ad­mit to a healthy dose of trep­i­da­tion as I em­bark on my new role. I sus­pect the peo­ple be­ing ad­mit­ted in the Signet Li­brary to­day are at a sim­i­larly am­bigu­ous point in their ca­reers.

As they look to their fu­tures as Scot­tish solic­i­tors, they have many re­spon­si­bil­i­ties ahead, to their col­leagues, clients and to them­selves – few things worth do­ing come easy and a le­gal ca­reer is no ex­cep­tion – but they also have much to be ex­cited about, fas­ci­nat­ing and ful­fill­ing work­ing lives and a wide va­ri­ety of ca­reer av­enues to ex­plore in the pur­suit of jus­tice.

De­spite be­ing at very dif­fer­ent points in our ca­reers, we have some­thing else in com­mon.

None of us got to where we are in our ca­reers by fly­ing solo and none of us will achieve the suc­cess we as­pire to with­out the sup­port of our col­leagues, fam­ily and friends.

What has struck me in my first weeks as pres­i­dent of our pro­fes­sional body, is that I have a fan­tas­tic sup­port net­work all around me, from coun­cil and com­mit­tee mem­bers, to the Law So­ci­ety team and all the amaz­ing col­leagues I have met along the way.

Know­ing that, is a real com­fort and source of in­spi­ra­tion.

So if I can of­fer some ad­vice to those ad­mit­ted to­day, it would be to re­mem­ber and use the re­sources avail­able to help you in your cho­sen ca­reer.

You have each other, the peo­ple you have stud­ied and trained along­side. Keep in touch and share your prob­lems and so­lu­tions with one an­other.

Like me, you also have the team at the Law So­ci­ety. Use our web­site, come along to our events, pick up the phone or drop us a line. We are your so­ci­ety and we want you to thrive.

From a per­sonal per­spec­tive, I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted to be part of this im­por­tant day, it is truly a priv­i­lege.

It is a day to join with your fam­ily, friends and col­leagues to cel­e­brate an im­por­tant mile­stone and your achieve­ments so far.

I con­grat­u­late you and wish you long, suc­cess­ful and happy ca­reers. n

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