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Relationship Building Over the Holidays

November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving is a time to strengthen and build on personal relationships

This is a guest post from Jennifer Musika – an attorney with the law firm Walzer & Melcher LLP. She was selected as a Southern California Rising Star for 2010 and 2011. She started her career as an intern for the Legal Aid Society in college.

By Jennifer Musika
Most students are aware that internships provide the advantage of a potential leg-up in this competitive job market. I was an intern for a total of five summers during college and law school, and I quickly realized what I consider to be one of the most valuable parts of an internship, especially in the legal field:  Relationships.

The family law community is very close knit, and most of the practitioners are familiar with each other. If you have an interest in a particular industry, this can be to your advantage. Each of the attorneys I worked for during law school either recommended me for or referred me to my next job. In fact, at the end of my internship in Boston, when I told my firm I was moving to LA, they gave me several people to contact. I was hired by one of those contacts, and I have worked at this firm for over three years. I have seen countless examples of the importance of relationships during the internship process, job interviewing process and every day interactions in my career.

Understandably, it can be intimidating as a student to approach your boss or manager during your internship, but forming relationships now may lead to new opportunities and pay off much further down the road.

Your boss’s career could be a peek into your future.

Law school is a huge investment, in many senses, and it is wise to be sure before you make the choice to apply and enroll. I worked for the Legal Aid Society during the summer before my senior year of college. Not only did I enjoy the work I was doing, but I also observed the attorneys, talked to them about what they liked and didn’t like about working in the field, and really thought about the skills and responsibilities I would need for a position like theirs. They were a valuable resource and ultimately helped me decide to pursue a legal career. The relationships I built were the key to success.

So this holiday season, as you eat turkey with friends and family, and celebrate what is meaningful to you, take some time to reflect on relationships – old and new – and know that the effort you put in today will certainly pay off in the long run. Good luck to all in their internship search, and happy holidays.

Make sure to keep building relationships & have a Happy Thanksgiving! You can follow Jennifer Musika on Twitter @caldivorce.

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Helen Smitters April 6, 2012 at 4:20 am

Oh, such a relief for me! I,m now at the point of my first internship and I would really like to show my best and to establish good relations with my boss! I'm sure it's an opportunity to get good and stable job in future but still I'm so nervous as I'm going to work with pdf viewer and all that stuff! Thanks for the info, it's really helpful. I hope everything is going to be all right!


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