At Paul Hastings, Shinyung Oh's was legendary. She had suffered a miscarriage not long before she got cut from the team. That was 2008. She was hailed as a hero, in some circles, that is.
But, those of us who tracked her story recognize all too soon she encountered the dark night of the professional soul. Finally, after discovering over and over again how unmarketable her background and persona were she landed in California real estate. The other good news was that she did have a child.
Those like Abovethelaw.com's Joe Patrice who function as sort of a Greek Chorus for those at the end of their coping skills might be wondering if Shinyung Oh regrets her goodbye gesture. After all, out there those who supposedly did us wrong could be useful contacts. Guilt might motivate them to lend us a hand in landing on our professional feet.
Today on ATL, Patrice protects the identity of yet another lawyer who couldn't help letting it rip at a law firm which also isn't named. Here is that story. This isn't the first time Patrice stepped up to the plate reflecting on the possible and highly probable career damage done. What feels satisfying and even right at the time can generate huge consequences forevermore.
The alternative to the flaming goodbye? Thank everyone in the loop for the opportunity to have learned so much. And that's that for the email. In your head you frame the experience as one of learning. You know how to identify where not to labor and with whom. Maybe you even got it that that career path isn't for you. In addition, you realize you can master yourself. Prison cells are full of those who can't or won't. So are "the rooms" of 12-step programs.
It's become a platitude that we workers of the world are going through the 2nd Industrial Revolution. Conditions are Dickensian. But, bit by bit we are getting the hang of earning a good living more aligned with our own terms and conditions. After three years of working with an executive coach on anger management I and my communications boutique are thriving.