862 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 76 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2018
The process of self-exploration involves a set of skills that can be learned.
To “know thyself” is important in order to create a healthy, happy, fulfilling
life.1 It is also the first step in making a career choice. Once you have determined
what you want, you then need to do some research and find out what
opportunities there are, or that you could create, that suit you. If you are
practising as a licenced lawyer, then there are numerous options open to
you. There are many, many ways to practise law and probably more if you
put your mind to figuring out how it would best suit you. There are many
ways to use your education, skills, abilities and credentials in productive,
fulfilling ways. For example, the law degree is an excellent credential in
business, politics and the not-for-profit sector, and can also provide a
launching pad for a career as a speaker or writer. Again, we at LAPBC can
help you focus your thinking and examine the many alternatives.
Once you find out what you want to do and find some opportunities to
do it, you next have to sell your ideas. This can include creating a resume,
writing letters or preparing a business plan, project plan or even a job
description. The world is changing and that means there are opportunities
to do things that currently do not exist. You have the ability to vision, plan
and make those things happen.
Then comes the part in which you go out and begin to ask for what you
want, perhaps over and over. This is the stage at which your ability to commit
and persevere becomes a big asset. At this last stage, making things happen,
most people need some support. At LAPBC we offer support through
both counsellors and peers. We have an “Options for Lawyers” workshop the
third Wednesday of every month at 12:15 p.m. at the LAPBC office in Vancouver.
Keep your eyes out for our one-day workshop entitled “What Can
You Do with Your Law Degree?” Check out our website at <www.lapbc.
com> or call us at 604-685-2171.
1. The Ancient Greek aphorism “know thyself” is one of
the Delphic maxims inscribed in the pronaos of the
Temple of Apollo at Delphi. It was later expounded
upon by Socrates, who famously said that “the unexamined
life is not worth living”.
The Lawyers Assistance Program is an independent organization of members of the legal community (lawyers, judges, families
and support staff). We provide peer support and referral services to help people deal with personal problems, including
alcohol and drug dependence, stress, anxiety and depression. We are volunteers and staff committed to providing confidential,
compassionate and knowledgeable outreach, support and education. We seek to foster collegiality among our peers
and to promote health and well-being in our community. You can reach LAP by telephone at 604-685-2171, toll-free at
1-888-685-2171 or via the LAP website: <www.lapbc.com>.