Time to consider moving on from your job?

Moving on from your current job isn’t always easy. It can feel simpler to stay where you are – or you may just not know when the time is right to take that step. However, sometimes it is necessary. There are many reasons why it might be time to consider moving on from your job – so how do you know the time is right?


If you’ve recently qualified as a solicitor or legal executive, you may want to start your qualified career in a fresh environment. Qualification is a great time for a new start, especially if you’ve been at the same firm for a while. Moving on from trainee status can prove difficult! Starting somewhere fresh as a qualified solicitor or legal executive can feel reinvigorating and will help you to feel excited about your career! If you’re at this pivotal point of your career, why not check out our blog on things to consider when you qualify?


You may have the opportunity to relocate. Whether you’re moving in with a partner or friend, moving back in or away from home, or looking for a fresh start in a new place. Though many firms now consider flexible hybrid/remote arrangements, relocation can be a great time to consider new opportunities. Getting a new job in your new town, or city, is a great way to make new friends and start building new connections!

Different Opportunities

If you’ve got career goals or you’re considering the trajectory of your career – you may find that you want to access different opportunities.

  • Want to retrain or get experience in a different area of law? Think about moving to a more specialised firm.
  • Thinking about alternative career paths? Seek opportunities for experienced fee earners in operational, business development or legal support roles!
  • Want more opportunities for progression? Consider if you need to move to a different sized law firm that has capacity career progression.

Moving to a new firm to seek different opportunities can be challenging however, especially if you want to retrain. The challenge will be worth it in the long run!

Work Culture or Values

The values and culture of your workplace is such an important consideration. It can make all the difference to your daily happiness or longevity at a firm. Perhaps you value a workplace that advocates for professional development, embraces flexible working or encourages employee feedback. If you find that your values are no longer aligning with your current employer – it may be time to move on. Figuring out what type of law firm is for you needs consideration – you should try to identify this as soon as possible during your job search.

So, is it time to move on? Only you know – but don’t let the fear of change hold you back. Moving on can feel like a big step but don’t be afraid. Take the leap of faith if the time feels right!

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