How to get stuck between a rock career and a hard place career.

Career advice

Career advice (Photo credit: quinn.anya)

Ok, I know I’ve been…lagging a bit in writing something on this post. But I’ve had good reason. Several, probably.

The thing is that I was kind of forced into a career change.

See, in September of 2012, my mom passed away. At the time, I was still struggling to find work in copyright and social media.

It’s true what they say. You really don’t know what it means to lose a parent until it actually happens to you. My mom’s death was probably the worst thing to happen to me. Even worse than grad school. Still, Mom’s death caused me to reach out to a lot of people. I’ve been learning a lot more about social interaction (I still consider it mostly bizarre and stupid)

After discussing this with a family friend, we agreed that my attempts at getting work were probably going to flounder on account of the many many many many many bloody social media marketers out there, along with the idea that writing should be something that should be on par with third-world shoemaking.

“If I were you, I’d look into another career.” “What about being a paralegal?” my Aunt said.

I never thought I’d be going into the legal industry. I figured if I did, it would be as an attorney, because gosh darn, I’m smart enough, I’m good enough, and people hate me. But I’m not passionate enough to accept that finding a job as a lawyer would be even worse than finding one in social media, not to mention including the epic Mt. Everest size-debt I’d incur as a result.

Deciding I had nothing to lose, I applied to the Paralegal Studies program at California State University Los Angeles. Got in easily.

Going back to school to mean meant finally accepting that the years I was a Communication Studies major were a mistake (Which they were.) I had no business being in Comm and I was too stupid to realize the warning signs until it was too late. Training as a paralegal, which I NEVER thought I would consider in my life, is my way of trying to rebuild that.

Over the course of the year, I learned to be an effective assistant to lawyers. Originally, I felt kind of low about it considering that I’d never be more than an assistant…but then I learned to think of it less like a slave and more like a commander to the captain of the ship.

For the years itself, it’s mostly been pretty good. I’ve had plenty of new experiences, and I’ve even found a niche in the legal profession to call my very own. I’m going to try to use public transportation more often, (if only for trips into DTLA,) and I think I have a bright technology future, one path or another.

I no longer consider this a professional blog. This is a personal one. I’ll still post opinions and commentary, but I don’t really want to write about How-tos and social medias and that sort of stuff. I still like it, but I think I’m going to stop  writing about it on a regular basis.

So yeah. I guess I’m back.


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  • EmilySuess

    Awesome! I say do what’s enjoyable — especially if it involves work or blogging. 🙂