In-House Straight

, Corporate Counsel, @MarlisseSS

How Long Is Too Long in an In-House Job?


Once you've been working in a law department for a few years, the question becomes: Should you stay or should you go?

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  • Angela

    I agree with the article and Anne. I stayed 5 1/2 years and left for an entirely different industry in order to advance my skills and avoid the ever encroaching feeling of being stagnant and pigeonholed into one area. While there is certainly some level of comfort in staying, I haven‘t regretted the move for a second, as it greatly expanded my areas of expertise and opened up additional possibilities for growth both personally and professionally.

  • Anne

    I‘d agree that four to five years is an optimal in-house stay from a career perspective. I‘ve been 12 years in my current role since it provided relatively good work-life balance while I had young children, and the work was interesting. Now that the kids are older and I‘m looking for a new job, I‘m finding it hard. I think I‘m being pigeonholed into this same industry because I‘ve been in it so long. For me, it was more important to put my family first, but if I were trying to advance my career I should have moved a few years ago.

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