After college I applied for law jobs left & right, but came up empty handed. One summer day my mom pulled out a brochure from a local community college with a paralegal program. My mom encouraged me to check it out and told me it may help me land a job. This route was also ALOT cheaper than law school so my parents were willing to help my pay some of the costs. The program ended up being great and a couple weeks after I started - the college was able to help me land a part-time job at a local law office. It was a great learning environment and I soon realized how LITTLE I knew about actually practicing law and how a law office ran (Let me just say, it's NOT like the movies!).
In 2 semesters I was done with the program and started to think about the long term. Unfortunately I couldn't meet all my goals where I was currently working, so I ventured back out on the job market. It was slow going at first but suddenly I was getting interviews left & right. The last interview I went on turned out to be the best and I landed the job. I wasn't hired as a "paralegal" but I was a paralegal assistant for 2 awesome family law paralegals. I learned so much from both of them. I learned to deal with some very difficult personality types, but also met some great people too. There were definitely times I wanted to give up but I hung in there & slowly things started to turn around. I am happy to announce that I will be transferring to my office's smaller location to work for 2 attorneys I really like. This new office is also in our ideal neighborhood we'd like to buy a home in. I am nervous, but ready for a new adventure (SO ready!)
What did you want to be when you grew up? What are you doing now?