Get me out of my dead-end legal job.
October 9, 2007 7:34 AM Subscribe
Help me figure out to do with myself. I'm an early-30's lawyer with school loans well into the 6-digit range. I live in NYC. I hate what I do, I know what I like and am good at, but have no idea how to get from what I'm doing now to what I need to be doing.
posted by Gaz Errant to Work & Money (18 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I graduated from a top tier law school with middling grades in 2001. I have little substantive law experience, because I've been working document review for most of my legal career.
I currently work temp jobs as a document reviewer in NYC (working 55-75 hours per week with no benefits and no job security). The work pays well enough for me to live in NY, pay my giant loan bill, and still save some (small amount of) money. But it's horrible, dull, annoying work, and document reviewers are often looked on as a lower caste of lawyer by the attorneys who are actually working the case.
For a couple months earlier this year, I worked as a legal recruiter. I found that I love working with people, putting a deal together, negotiating through problems... but I absolutely HATED calling people to drum up business. So I quickly realized that line of work would not work out for me.
I also love (and am quite good at) spotting and solving problems, working with technology (I'm unofficial tech support everywhere I go), and explaining concepts in a clear and concise fashion.
So, to sum up: I hate my job, and it doesn't actually use any of my skills. I can't afford to take time off to get another degree, and I can't really go to school at night considering the hours I work. I also can't afford to take a job unless I'm going to net (after taxes) at least 40k/year (due to the loans). I am not committed to remaining in law - I just want something that uses my skills and pays me enough to live on, while giving me job security and benefits.