Suzanne Grossman, a career coach for women, reflects on the most common reasons why women lawyers choose to leave their occupations. While leading several workshops for women attorneys considering a career change, she found that these women experienced an overall lack of work-life balance, little meaning in their work, and stressful work environments:
About three quarters of the women who attend our workshops are employed at mid-to-large-sized law firms in the NYC area. The rest work at smaller firms or in public interest positions. They are typically in their late 20s, 30s and 40s, and anywhere from one to six years out of law school. As a whole, they are smart and accomplished women who worked hard to get where they are. What they all have in common: dissatisfaction with their jobs and a desire to find a better fit, combined with uncertainty about their future career options.
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