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How to decide which department to qualify in?
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Posted - 18 January 2016 18:57

I was a paralegal for a particular partner for four years. The partner fought my corner and managed to secure me a TC, I owe her big time! She also expects me to qualify back into her department after my TC.

Since starting my TC however, I have realised I really like a different department and therefore want to qualify elsewhere. I am really torn between my loyalties to the partner who got me the TC (I wouldn't be here without her) and working in a department I really enjoy. I also don't want to cause any issues between the partners.

Has anyone else been in a similar situation? What do I do?? Any advice much appreciated!
Posted - 18 January 2016 19:39
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It's your career and you'll have to spend the next 50 years working in it. Do want makes you happy. The partner will get over it
Posted - 18 January 2016 19:40
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If they don't get over it then they're clearly a d!ck that you shouldn't have worked for anyway
Posted - 20 January 2016 07:24
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If you get a choice, you are already doing pretty well as, while many may get to indicate a preference, the choice is the firm's.

Why not ask the partner who "fought your corner" for a chat about qualification, and have a candid chat with her - that you enjoyed your time working with her, and that your enjoyed another seat more, and wanted to have this chat as you are minded to put down this other seat as your preference, and didn't want to put her nose out of joint.
Posted - 21 January 2016 20:41
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To clarify, funky's approach is more sensible; mine is more fun.
Posted - 01 May 2016 00:25
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I imagine the partner helped get the TC because she thought you were good. I'm sure the partner will be fully supportive if you'd prefer to qualify into a different department.