Many women know what they want to be when they grow-up. Today my 2.5-year-old daughter wants to be a doctor-mommy-good-girl. I promised her I'll work hard so she can be whatever she wants and she promised me the same.
What she ends up doing professionally may not exist yet. I won't go down the slippery-this-and-that-didn't-exist-when-I-was-her-age-slope (car phones, VCRs, fax machines, the internet, Starbucks!) but it's equally thrilling and terrifying to imagine who and what she will be.
I recently asked my mother if she imagined when I went to law school that I would not only not practice law but would start my own company and help others pursue their own alternative-legal careers. She said no, she hadn't imagined that for me. The relationship between mothers and daughters is a topic for another post (or 100 posts).
There are many lawyers, women and men, who are in law school or have been practicing for years and either know they want something new outside of the law or just have a feeling practicing is not or is no longer for them.
I knew at college graduation I didn't want to practice law, but I went to law school. The path I took was not always in logical order and certainly was not without bumps and obstacles. I hope that when my daughter reads this article she knows that she can be anything she wants to be and that she can make it up as she goes along.
Here is some advice for those of you just starting on your path. Let your resume be your guidepost in your career path.