16 years ago I stayed home for a full 3 months after Nathan was born. I learnt that looking after a baby was ten times (if not more) harder than any of my deadline driven days at the office. We should therefore be more tolerant and understanding of those moms who are looking after their child/children full time – because it sure isn’t easy!!!
I work at a large, top-200 law firm in one of the ten most populous cities in the country. The hours can be grueling, there are constant deadlines, and the work is mentally demanding. Any partner in my particular practice area can assign me work, which means I have more than 30 potential bosses. At any given time, I am working on projects for three to five partners, all of whom believe that their assignment should take priority over any other work. As a result, there have been many long days (and long nights).
Moreover, being a lawyer at a large firm is a high-stress endeavor. Even small mistakes can have significant implications and, as a result, tensions can run high. And of course, because excellence is expected, partners are unlikely to give much positive feedback for a job well done; instead, the reward for good work is more work.
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