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So I have completely lost interest in my area of practice mainly because I haven’t been exposed to many matters (our team is really slow) and I am the most junior in the team. So billable work is never constant. I feel like this has impacted my interest and stagnated my growth. I am thinking of moving into a different area of practice like TMT or PE, that I’m interested in. Has anyone ever done this? I’m actually depressed and I really hate being given work now. I have ADHD. Please advise

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What is your current area and how junior are you? It's really hard to onboard juniors who don't know anything, especially all remote, because there's so much training and handholding involved. I was slow as heck my first year. Came nowhere near meeting my billables. Was worried. Need not have worried. Am crushed. Since the end of my first year, I have had a couple slowish months (especially at the beginning of the pandemic) but have otherwise been crushed because I know how to do more and more things and I've proven myself to be at least more useful than liable.

Forgot to get to my main point: ask for other work while you're slow but also give your current practice a try if you joined it for a reason. PE is a difficult, difficult practice group and you'll be busy but you'll be *BUSY*. You may end up realizing the grass only looked greener.

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I’m only a first year so I don’t have much advice on how to get work that suits you better but I do have ADHD so I understand that being bored and unchallenged at work can translate into serious and debilitating negative feelings. So talk to some people you trust at work to see how you can improve your workload but I’d also recommend talk to a therapist to ensure you’re taking care of yourself. I’ve been in your shoes before (before I started at my firm) and I wish someone would have given me that advice. This is your life and your career and you don’t owe it to your firm to live in a way that makes you unhappy

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