According to an Associate Life Survey by Lateral Link and Above the Law, almost half of associates who have been practicing less than one year are looking for jobs or about to start looking. Why all the looking around?
“The majority of respondents, 52%, simply want “a more satisfying practice.” 43% want a better work environment, and 26% want better hours. 31% are just curious about “what else is out there.””
The survey doesn’t define what “satisfying” means to new associates, but I think that in order to be satisfied in a job, you must be “successful” (however you define that). Finding success as a new associate is tough, but certainly proper training, interesting projects and a healthy firm culture should make a big difference. If that is so, what do these numbers tell us about associate “life” at most firms?