Career Clinic: Can I avoid work that is against my principles?
"I am a junior associate in a City firm which has a reputable energy practice. Some of the members of the team have been working on nuclear power plant projects. I have a good chance of being asked to work with them. However, for a number of reasons I am anti-nuclear. I could nicely decline the opportunity by claiming that I have no capacity at the moment, but I am not sure how long I can use this excuse. I'm aware that my personal resistance does not stop the firm working on the nuclear projects which are against my principles. I like the firm and energy practice in general, I know that nuclear is not illegal, and I am aware that as a junior I have less choices, but I really do not want to contribute to any nuclear deals (apart from decommissioning). I'd appreciate any views and practical advice."
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