(Closed) "Change of career"

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Yes, I fell into banking as a job, not a career.  Now it’s 27 years later and I’m a commercial loan officer, way too far into my career to do anything else plus I make enough that DH can retire and we can live on what I make. It’s a good, well paying job but it’s not my dream job. But on the other hand, it’s a good job and I’m good at it.

Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

What about finishing out what you’ve already started and then applying to law school? You might as well get something out of all the time and money you put into your degree – just finish, then once you figure it out you can apply to master’s programs or law school or something.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

What if you changed your employer to a bigger law firm or the government? You might enjoy the more diverse work and challenges. 

Editting to say that not all attorneys work 65 hour weeks and go in on weekends. It all depends on what type of law and what size firm you work for. Right now my boyfriend works for a smaller midsized firm and works about 45-50 hours a week, has never had to go to work on a weekend, only gets work on weekends if it’s an emergency, is salaried, and gets great benefits. I’m going to be working for a judge, with a one year contract, with the same type of 45-50 hours a week schedule and will have to bring work home at nights/on weekends. I’m salaried and get great benefits as well. 

If you really don’t want to go to law school, that’s fine. It’s not for everybody and that’s okay. Just don’t use the “I heard you have to work weekends and get no life balance” argument because it’s simply not true. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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FutureDrAtkins:  she’s specifically said she is not going to law school. I’m also a paralegal and I’ll tell you it is the number 1 most annoying thing people ask us all the time – “so when are you going to law school? why aren’t you going to law school?”. It’s equivalent to asking a nurse why she doesn’t go to medical school – they are different jobs. And paralegals are in high demand and make fantastic money without (a) a boat load of debt and (b) crappy work/life balance. If I work crazy hours I get paid OT for them. 

OP I would take some time to research what it is you might be interested in or volunteer and see what else sparks your interest. A good friend told me once “if you don’t know what you think you want to do for a living pay attention to what news articles you read first each morning – and then find something related to those topics.” 

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

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LilliV:  Well I apologize I missed that part. My mom’s a paralegal – I get it. But with a half finished degree her options are limited. That’s why I suggested finish what she started and then if she finds something she’s passionate about she can pursue it at a Master’s level.

I also read she doesn’t know if she even wants to go to school at all – so I’m not really sure what advice to give? Start at the bottom of a company and work your way up? Start your own business? I mean there’s not that many high paying jobs for women that don’t require a degree.

Trade school? IDK

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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FutureDrAtkins:  agreed – without finishing a bachelors the options are seriously limited. even many paralegal jobs (should she want to switch firms) will required it or pay significantly less. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

Hi Bee,~ It sounds like the legal field has been a long standing interest area. Are you still interested in work in that general area or are you willing to look at other options? Many many people (myself included) have more than one career in their lifetime. You are still young and have many more years to participate in the workforce so pursuing more education/ training is certainly do-able at your age, if you are interested in that.

You may wish to do some career exploration so you can be more aware of what jobs are out there/ available and what the training requirements are for them, as well compensation, benefits etc. Contact a local community college in your area. Some colleges do vocational interest testing to help people narrow down and identify what jobs might be a good fit for them. of course some involve more educaiton, but not always. Also, in my case, I made less money initially, but now I make more than I would have had I stayed in my first profession. I also am much happier and have a much shorter commute to work and more vacation time…. which to me, is worth more than just the money. It is also important to remember that NO job is perfect so it’s possible to be unhappy with your coworkers, boss, the pay, hours, etc, even if the job itself is a perfect match for your skill set.

Good luck with everything and let us know what you decide!

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

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jessicaxo11:  Like I said, I skimmed over that part and apologized. But thanks for letting me know I got an eyeroll for offering the advice I had. I’ll be sure to stay off future threads 😉 

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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jessicaxo11:  keep in mind that you don’t have to finish at that private university – see if you can transfer credits to a cheaper school. I went to a pricey school too and had lots of friends transfer out because they ran out of money, but they still finished up at a cheaper state school. 

you also aren’t stuck in a career because you’ve done it for 5 years. Lots of people make changes way later in life than you. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

Maybe think about being a paralegal somewhere else? For example, if you are a paralegal at a family law firm, you might find it a totally different experience being a paralegal in house at a real estate company. Just thinking of suggestions for exploring your paralegal career before dumping it for something else, because paralegal jobs are great gigs! Of course, if you don’t want to be a paralegal anymore, then do what you want to do:)

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