Post # 1
Anyone else out there hate their job? I am SO sick of mine right now.
I am a lawyer with three and a half years post admission experience, and I am getting paid less than a secretary…. like.. significnatly less ($50,000 a year).
My boss spends all his time ranting to all the staff about how he doesn’t want to hear anybody ask him for a pay rise, because ‘you don’t simply get a pay rise because you are x many years out.’
The market rate for a 3 year out solicitor is about 80 grand at least, btw.
I know, I have myself to blame… but I am just in a crappy mood of late because I am overworked and underpaid.
I have 90 legal matters across tonnes of different areas. I have several supervisors who all want different things at different times. My hours are from 8:00am – 8:00pm almost five days a week.
I hate it sooo much and am desperately applying to other positions. It just sucks that this has to be my job when my wedding is like a month away!
Post # 3
@Glittergirl_2013: Ugh, sorry to hear that! I can honestly say I love my job! I typically work 8am-7pm and I make the same as you (though I am not sure what part of the country you are in, so that makes a difference).
I do not have a law degree, but I have a masters and 3 years work experience. Compared to my peers who work in the for profit sector and do the same thing (marketing/graphic design) I only make about 2/3 of what they make. But I get 60 paid vacation days and I work at a school that I love (it’s mission, students, staff, etc).
All I can say is that maybe it’s time for a job change!! (Though you may want to wait until after the wedding, if money would be tight). I would focus less on the paycheck and more on the work enviroment and duties assigned. Yes, at the end of the day you need to make money, but loving what you do will help you feel more accomplished and better at the end of the day.
Hugs and good luck!
Post # 4
@bmo88: Thanks for the words of encouragement! It’s nice to hear from people who love their job 🙂 You must be very good at what you do because you love it and sound v committed
Post # 5
I think this is a common situation for lawyers (FI also hates his job at the firm – overworked, underpaid, attitude from contract partners, etc.) I’m so sorry for you, as I know what it’s like and it’s really draining and upsetting.
What’s the job market like in your city? Can you get in touch with a recruiter and just put feelers out as to what the job market’s like? Is it possible to go with a bigger firm maybe, as the pay’s probably higher (but I’m not sure about the work hours though; probably worse still, blech)? Or what about going in-house into a company? The hours are much better and if you’re with a good company the pay should be good too.
But I totally get you: being a lawyer isn’t as easy these days 🙁 But hang in there: try to picture your wedding and afterwards you can put Phase #1 Job Search in practice 😉
Post # 6
@TinaJade: thanks for your words of encouragement 🙂 i am counting down the days till I go on leave for the wedding!