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This is a humorous and sarcastic blog written by a paralegal in a mid-sized law firm in a mid-tier market. The goal is to share some of the pitfalls and foibles encountered in my own day-to-day experiences. Feel free to contact me at aparalegalslife@gmail.com with comments. Complaints, not so much :)

Friday, June 28, 2013

Day by Day

The new job is going OK, although there have been some potholes along the way.  New firm, different practice, completely different work culture.  It has been a struggle to handle the stress without resorting to my old method of stress relief (aka vodka).  I'm glad to be working again, and not broke, but this isn't where I want to spend any significant amount of my career.  The overtime is nice, since I'm actually getting paid for it here, but the sheer volume means I have no outside life 5 days a week.  Everyone I know has had to adjust to the fact that they are only going to see me on a weekend, and don't even ask if I'm available on a weeknight.  Don't get me wrong, I'm used to long hours, just not every day for 12-14 hours a day with no letup.  I'm still looking for another job, even if it means leaving the legal field entirely and taking a pay cut.  In the meantime, I'm banking the overtime pay and trying not to rock the boat.

4 comments:

Fort Worth 9L said...

On the plus side, 12-14 hour days plus commuting leaves precious little time to risk the not so good stress relief. Tie a knot in the end of the rope and hang on in there! May fortune smile upon you soon.

perileagle said...

A job is a job, and job you don't actively hate is better.

Anonymous said...

Do you at least like the law field?

Maria Jose Tobar said...

So would you recommend being a paralegal? A friend of mine in Tucson AZ does paralegal services and she loves it! I'm looking into different schools for the same thing, but I'm not totally convinced that's what I want to do for the rest of my life.