Sunday, November 14, 2010

Other things I should have been

1. Hair stylist

2. Pastry chef

3. Taxi driver

4. EMT

5. Massage therapist

6. PhD student (I could have been that one forevvvvvvver)

7. Painter.  Not like an artist, but someone who goes in and paints someone's walls.

8. Dental hygienist

9. Landscaper

10. Proofreader

11. Typist

12. Sample maker

13. Flight attendant

14. Glass blower

15. Vet tech

I still like being a lawyer, but sometimes it's nice to think about what I'm going to do for my second career.  When I turn 30.


  1. What is a sample maker? Just curious [so many possibilities!]

    And I like #14. Me too!

  2. A sample maker sews the clothes to go down the runway after the designer designs them. I'm not arty enough to be a designer, but I'm totally OCD enough to sew for people who are.

  3. Why does every lawyer I know/blog stalk seem to emit to me and the universe that being an attorney is a terrible career choice?

  4. It's not a terrible career choice - it's just an unpredictable career choice. In my case, it's a combination of hatred of my firm's bureaucracy (no one can make something difficult to navigate better than an organization of 500 lawyers) and my brief interactions with a few, extremely difficult partners. The majority of the people I work with are very nice folks, but as everyone knows, it only takes one asshat to ruin your day. Mix in a terrible economy, and you have (1) brand new lawyers doing the crappiest work imaginable, just because that client pays and (2) brand new lawyers who realize their chances for making a job change within the legal field are not great, due to the massive over-supply of lawyers in America, plus our total lack of marketable legal skills (see point 1, the crappiest work imaginable.)

    HOWEVER, I have several friends from law school who love their jobs at their firms, and more overwhelmingly, friends who work for sweet, sweet Uncle Government (is there a state-equivalent to Uncle Sam?), who love their jobs most of all. The trouble is where you end up right out of law school is generally determined your second year in school, when you know basically nothing. (In my case, I knew that working for a firm could be a tricky proposition, but I wanted a challenge. Unfortunately, the challenge has not been about work ethic or legal reasoning, but rather turned out to be, "Maintain your will to live.")

    Someday I will write a far more detailed and explanatory post about this. For know, I'm somewhat worried that the firm's Death Eaters will find this blog.