With 2016 coming to an end, it's time to take stock.
This year we have seen the YL Executive and committees develop and implement some impressive projects and initiatives, including various short videos aimed at empowering and equipping the YL membership. These videos have been on issues including leadership, justice and marketing (including extremely helpful interview and CV tips). If you haven’t already viewed these informative and helpful videos online, I encourage you to check them out.
As you start to wind down for the year and think about 2017 and what you want to achieve, I would encourage you to reflect on the year that’s been, both personally and professionally. Don’t forget to reflect on bad experiences. What have you learned? What could you have done better? What would you change or do differently next time and in 2017? Where should you spend more of your time in 2017? Where should you spend less of your time? Who should you spend more time with? Who should you spend less time with? What habits could you change or introduce?
Reflection turns experience into insight and is vital in growing your career.
I can remember an award winning leadership writer once told me, if you want to know where you’ll be in five years, you’ll become a product of the books you read and the people you associate with.
What books are you reading? Who are you spending your time with?
It has been such a privilege leading the LIV Young Lawyers this year, and I wish you all the best for the festive season, your holiday break and 2017.
Linda Rayment is 2016 YL president. She is CEO and co-founder of the Human Trafficking Resource and Assistance Centre.