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Anyone have advice regarding what it’s like to lateral? Like how was the experience integrating into the firm? Is it a lot like being a first year again where you need to prove your worth to everyone in order to get good work and feel okay setting boundaries? My biggest hesitation in accepting a new position is that I will have to go through the whole first year experience again (which I know is not a great reason, lol, but I am a first year and it’s been a tough year)

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I’ve moved twice but not when I was as junior as you are. First time I was super responsive and grinded to establish a reputation but that made everyone expect me to be working at 100% effort all the time while adding unique insights - exhausting. Second time I wasn’t overly responsive or online when I wasn’t busy out of the gate and it’s been much more sustainable for me without any real downsides. What’s been difficult because I’m not super outgoing or gregarious is integrating into the firm and networking in a virtual environment. The net of this is those who know me know I’m good but it’s not a ton of people and would be an issue if I went for shares and I don’t participate in any real social dimension of my firm.

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Thanks for the response! I appreciate it. Did you intentionally integrate less at your current firm to keep your life more balanced?

I just recently moved as a third year from a firm where I had a good rep and I was nervous about this too. If you already have a good reputation it’s for a reason and it should easily transfer to the next place. I worked very hard the first four months and now the group is well aware of my capabilities and work ethic. After those four months I started set boundaries and most of the newbie anxiety is gone.

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Same here

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I also lateraled as a first year and was working more than I was to establish my reputation. Have not been setting boundaries yet

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Yeah I think I’m leaning towards staying now for that reason. At the time I was interviewing for new positions I was frustrated with the type of work I was getting because there wasn’t enough of it. But now that a few associates have left and we’ve gotten busier that isn’t an issue any more.

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I lateraled (4th year) from my first firm a few months ago. Integration could have been better but that was because we all got plunged back into remote work almost immediately after I started. I had a lot of connections and a strong network at my old firm and it has been a bit weird not having the same here, but these things come with time and I feel like if you can do it once, you can do it again. It definitely is a good opportunity to redirect if you have areas of work you want to focus more on, and it’s a good time to reset some boundaries. The initial occasion you work with new colleagues is important from a first-impressions standpoint but after that it all falls onto a pretty normal footing (or at least it mostly did for me). Definitely did not feel like regressing to first year or anything like that - if anything, it felt like a chance to step up more.

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