Stanislaw Carter wrote:
I guess that I have heard that, in addition to your work product, if you are liked (not just not disliked)/socializing with people from the firm is important in getting an offer/progressing well at a firm. Maybe that isn't as important as it was made to seem to me.
If you do good work, and a lot of it, you'l be fine. The "likability" part enters the equation in terms of rainmaking, and lack of rainmaking ability can limit your chances at partnership. Outside of that, your likability also determines who your allies will be when you're actually up for partnership. Therefore, in terms of advancement, likability is really only hugely important for partnership
(in my opinion). If you don't plan on staying at the firm, then this is a moot point.
Yeah, I kinda just wanna stay at a firm and make partner (one of the rare ones). At least I have time to work on it.
I've always been good as a manager (I was a research director at a science company for about 3 years before law school), and actually enjoy communication with the world outside the companies (forging collaborations, etc.) and managing people (I am not a micro-manager, seemed generally well-liked by the engineers below me, and my opinions on research?business directions were respected by those above me). So it seems like I could potentially like being a partner for reasons outside of moniez. But communication with scientists/engineers is bound to be a bit different than attorneys. Sigh.
And yeah, I just need to chill out. Thanks guys.