As a fast-track alternative and as an in-depth follow-up to Career Café, we offer
Career Cafe plus on a fee-for-service basis.
This program responds to the needs of legal professionals
for in-depth career strategy and self-management guidelines
in coping on the job and in search of a job. It is suited
for lawyers at varying stages of the work cycle in a) law
firms: entry-level, associate, partner and b) in-house:
staff, and management.
Format and Process
We believe that individuals are oriented to thinking within
a habitual, restricted, self-centred framework. Our aim is
to help you question your assumptions and conflicts in order
for you to attain some basic clarity enabling you to
realistically choose and respond (not react) to career
challenges. The process, driven by your stated needs, is a
simple conversation. We will put at your disposal diverse
tools, objective and subjective, to stimulate your career
curiosity, confidence, and action. The format is flexible,
creative, non-invasive, and entirely confidential. Our
closeness to the job market provides a practical framework
for the career conversation.
to be Covered
Job-Life Cycle: For context, to briefly scan your career as
a journey through time and stages, namely, job entry,
maintenance, adjustment, satisfaction and change. We will
stop at whichever station you are at
Career-Related Inputs: To recognize your career-related
internal and external opportunities and barriers, traits,
interests, values, expectations, and external conditions
Individually-Related Inputs (if relevant): To recognize
background issues; ethnic, cultural, gender issues;
family/peer supports; finances; physical issues
World-of-Work Inputs: To assess your attitudes; networks;
work engagement; work friends; mobility; job control; role
stress, burnout; mentorship; quality of feedback; job
Topics will be customized to your
specific career strategic needs. For self-management -
helpful, optional assignments will ensue.
It is hoped that you will –
1) develop a growing sense of clarity as to your career
choices involving a meaningful work life of contributing,
belonging, and evolving,
2) create a flexible, practical path to attain your choices,
3) implement some concrete career steps and decisions.
The current hourly rate is $250. (HST extra). Skype
consultations are available. Preliminary questions will be
dealt with by email.
Interface with Advocate Placement
We make a clear distinction between this fee-based career
strategics service, and the placement service, which is
entirely free to you. If the Advocate Placement division is
successful in placing you, the employer covers our fee. We
bear the risk If we’re not successful. In the Advocate
Placement stream, you will not be charged for any incidental
career tips. In the Advocate Career Cafe stream, there is no
representation that you will be placed in a position.
However you may shift from one division to the other as
needed. After all our unique value-added is to potentially
offer you the twin supports of work and consulting.