Friday, June 30, 2006

The Real Illusion

Laya Sleiman knew in law school that she wanted to work at a big, corporate law firm in New York when she graduated. But the 27-year-old, now a first- year associate, had no illusions about what it would take to get ahead at a prestigious firm once she arrived.

Ms. Sleiman often works until 10 p.m. on weeknights and usually puts in five hours of work on the weekends. She had to give away her dog, Bean, because she didn't want to leave him alone at her apartment all day or pay a dog walker.

I think this is a sad story. She actually wants to work in a place that treats associates like Kleenex. There is a big difference between working long hours because you love the work and doing so because you are hoping that some third parties, who may be completely indifferent to your best interests, will reward you.

Another point: Did she show her dog more consideration than her firm has shown to her?

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