Post # 17
No worries…career/ life changing decisions pretty much guarantee a headache, stomach ache and/or nervous breakdown! lol
I love that you are into Photography and have a little something on the side that could grow!
I can totally relate to how you don’t realize what you love to do until you stuck with tens of thousands of dollars in debt doing something you would rather not! I think once you decide to let go and try something new, things will fall into place and you will find something comparable to your previous salary but much less angry and more creative! Then the sky is the limit from there! And also, its okay to be a career nomad- going from field to field, trying new things until your 100% sure its something worth waking up in the morning for!
Thinking of you and keep us updated!
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Post # 19
@Eva Peron: @StuporDuck: Thanks so much for the help! Sorry I disappeared there… work!
I have just started to update my resume and work on figuring out references. It is kind of hard because I don’t feel like I can use my current boss as a reference (I don’t want to tell him I’m looking because I have no idea how long it might take).
I guess for now I’m just trying to be really open minded? And rely primarily on my strong history of negotiating skills, which is applicable in a lot of places.
I do think one thing that is hurting me is I don’t have any job experience as a manager. A lot of non-legal jobs in the salary range I”m looking for are management and they want you to have a few years of experience managing people. Except when you’re a lawyer you generally don’t really “manage” anyone until you’re in for like 9 years and become a partner! Ah well…. I guess I just need to keep at it and see if I can finagle a job that fits.
Post # 20
@CorgiTales: Have you thought about working in the legal field, but without being a lawyer? The first thing that came to mind was that your litigation experience might make you a decent fit for the e-discovery arena, perhaps in a litigation support management role or a consultant role for an e-discovery software company.
Post # 21
@gnarlygnome: I think I would LOVE to work in a legal-related but not “lawyer” role. I honestly don’t even know what those jobs are! lol. Any ideas on how to look for something like that?
Post # 22
Leave everything behind, take a 50% pay cut and open your own candle shop. Everyone that walks in the door is happy and excited, you can listen to whatever music you want all day and watch the world through amazingly huge windows with sunlight, you get to ‘play’ with people all day, surf the web endlessly, drink as much Tassimo stuff as you want, eat Jeni’s ice cream whenever you like.
Or just come work for me during holiday. 😉
Post # 23
What about a different position as legal counsel for something you’re passionate about? For example: http://www.aspca.org/About-Us/Jobs/1315-legal-advocacy-counsel
Im just thinking if you’re working for a cause or issue you really care about or have interest in, you might not be so miserable. Of course, you can try to make a switch to a different position while you keep searching for what it is you really want to do, but you might not feel like blowing your brains out.
Post # 24
I found this article and there are some books mentioned that might be up your alley.
Post # 25
I’ve been barred for about 8 months, and I am working as a contract negotiator for a large university.
I’m making about 10K less than you, but I work great hours, have amazing benefits, and have low stress (mostly….). It can be boring, and I really just read contracts all day, but I would take it over working in a firm setting. Something like this might be a good fit for your background.
Feel free to PM me if you want any more details!
Post # 26
@CorgiTales: Here’s an article with a little more information on what e-discovery is and some resources. Basically the field explores using technology to make the discovery portion of the litigation process faster and more accurate. It’s a booming field, so lots of opportunities. I’d recommend Law Technology News for more reading.
I work for one of the software providers in the industry and I know my office has several “recovering attorneys”. The ones I know help law firms come up with customized solutions for their workflow or they work in sales.