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Book Review: Part 3

8th Oct 2016
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This is my review of part three of How to Make Partner and Still Have a Life by Heather Townsend and Jo Larbie.

The book is split into six parts. I will be reviewing each part in a fresh blog as I finish reading it. Here are the links to parts I reviewed earlier:

Part 3 -Surviving the early years

I found the third part an easy read. It is a short section about how to survive and prosper during the early stages of your career in a professional services firm. All the time, having that partnership seat in front of your mind. It covers:

  • Networking and the importance of it from an early stage of your career route to that partnership position. It also includes information on how to network effectively. Networking has never been my thing, but this section of the book will help those who are willing to network and will put in the work required (follow up -yuck!) to get the results from networking.
  • The role and job title changes on your route to the hot seat. This subject was well covered. It outlined the skills that are valued at each stage to prepare for you for that hot seat. They are five stages starting from Pre- qualification skivvy to that Partnership gold medal.
  • Not to lose sight of that prize that you so desire. It covers aspects you need to work on even though you are under pressure with tick and bash type of work. This includes writing down your goals and milestones and how to keep yourself busy when the work is light. It provides examples of what you could do. This includes asking senior people if there is anything you can do for them.
  • The importance of looking after yourself mentally, emotionally and physically. All work and no play will not make you partnership material. It gives suggestions and ideas on how to achieve that state of Nirvana.

My Views

Part three is helpful as a source of information as regards to what you need to do at each stage of your rat race career ladder to a partnership position.

As a person who was in the rat race for years, I would say, please do not be so serious to get that crown jewel. It will consume your life and leave you feeling is this all there is? If you follow the sound and well-researched guidance in the book, you will not enjoy your journey and the destination will be a disappointment.

Read the book and ask yourself do you want to go through all this? Life is just too short.

I give Part 3, 4 out of 5 stars. 


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