(Closed) Career Change…. advice?

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 17
7288 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

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!

Post # 20
82 posts
Worker bee

@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 # 22
4886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
5399 posts
Bee Keeper

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 # 25
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
82 posts
Worker bee

@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.

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