Why do I feel in a career tundra?
January 19, 2006 5:49 AM Subscribe
I've been an attorney for 4 years now, 28 years old, bored to death and uninsprired at my current job and completely clueless about my future. [long post]
posted by workinprogress to work & money (26 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I doubled major in college in Psychology and Spanish (I am a fluent speaker). I went to an average university in Jacksonville, FL. I had NO idea what I wanted to do with my life. I did not want to pursue a career in psychology as I thought it would be too emotionally draining seeing patients with mental/emotional problems all day long. I also did not want to be researching or concocting case studies either. I briefly thought about getting an MBA but I had no work experience that most schools required and I had really not taken any business classes in college. Law school seemed like the only viable option back then. I got into a decent law school in FL. I hated the experience from day one. I hated the socratic method of teaching and hated how you were expected to teach yourself the law. I was depressed for about half of my law school tenure. I got average grades and I passed the bar exam after my second attempt. I then worked for a solo practioner in S. Florida specializing in consumer bankruptcy. I worked there for 3 years and I went from not having a clue about what I was doing to becoming the lead attorney who handled everything in the office and managed the entire caseload (while my boss just brought in the clients). I decided to leave as the new bankruptcy law was going to change and quite frankly, I was burned out. In my 3 years there I had not taken a vacation and put in too many hours. I then found a job in N. Florida doing claims administration for a huge title insurance company and took a $10,000 pay cut because I was so desperate to leave S. Florida and I wanted to find a job quickly. I have been here for over 6 months and I hate it. There has been no formal training, I was thrown into a cubicle with a filing cabinet full of files and expected to burrow through them. A few people are available for questions but everyone is overworked and I don't want to go to the same person for a question on almost every file I have. On the bright side, I have good hours and the environment is laid back (possibly too laid back) where no one is breathing down my neck but the work is expected to be done. They offer no year end bonuses and the word around here is that the raises are quite stingy. This is not the work I want to be doing. I am bored to tears daily and am frustrated. I don't even know if I should continue to be an attorney but then, what else would I be doing with my life? I think I'm fairly intelligent, a hard worker and a very quick learner. I'm not interested in litigation but I am interested in the transactional aspect of the law. I think I may enjoy serving as a general counsel for a company but they say those jobs are hard to come by. I have been looking for positions in the Jacksonville area but have not come across anything yet. I guess my question is, how do I know I'm in the right field? What should be my next step? I feel like I have no direction in my life. At this point, I am completely unsatisfied with my career right now. Any advice/insight/criticism is welcome. Thanks.