February 10, 2021 | By Rafeena Bacchus, guest contributor
I’ve been a Toronto-based insurance defence and human rights counsel for more than 15 years. I’m now transitioning to a focus on mediation.
The first installment of this two-part series will provide a general roadmap to pivoting a legal career; the second will specifically apply the principles to embarking on a mediation practice.
- Know your skill set and determine your area of specialty.
- Obtain the necessary training before the pivot.
- Learn to seek and receive assistance, seek out information from others in the field, and find a mentor.
- Determine the investment needed, and arrange financial backup.
- Determine your approach to billing and rates through research, but be sure to keep your real value in the marketplace in mind.
- Determine your business practice setup.
- Be prepared for hiccups and enjoy the journey.
- Use the opportunity to prioritize your time and energy.
- Give back and pay it forward: use your new career to help others benefit from your experience.
- Step out of your comfort zone, but take care of yourself.
Rafeena Bacchus is a Toronto-based insurance defence and human rights litigator. She’s now turning to a career in mediation.