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How Career Esquire Left Law And Found Her Career – Guest Post

Lainee Beigel, Career EsquireGuest post by Lainee Beigel

I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer. It was something I decided early on, and stuck with it. Unfortunately, I didn’t think about how my life would be when I actually graduated and had to get a job. I didn’t think about things like stress, family and work-life balance.

Instead I was focused more on things like prestige and money. That was the wrong way to go about finding a career that would make me happy.

When I graduated, I worked for a few years at a medical malpractice litigation firm and decided being a lawyer might not be all I thought it would be. Realizing I just spent thousands of dollars on a degree I no longer wanted to use, led to more then a few sleepless nights.

In order to figure out my next steps, I spoke with several life coaches who couldn’t provide the answers I needed regarding my career. I wanted options of where I could utilize my degree but not work in a law firm environment.

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During college and my first year of law school, I had interned at an insurance company, and I realized that this may be a good option for me. I then aggressively networked with old contacts from my past internships and others I knew in the industry. I eventually got a job handling professional liability claims in New York City. This was the best move I ever made, and I have been at the same company for the past six years.

I’ve learned a lot by practicing law and then having an alternative legal career. Mainly, I learned that happiness and a work-life balance are important. If you are not happy practicing law, there are other options available.

Here are a few tips about how to make informed career decisions:

  • Do research into various areas of the law so you can know what the expectations will be and what you will potentially be getting into as an attorney in that field.
  • Before you go to law school, intern at a firm and see what the practice of law is actually like on a daily basis. If you decide to move forward with law school, get internships throughout school that allow you to see what your life will be like when you graduate.
  • Talk to every lawyer you know, and ask questions about what their jobs are like.

Life is too short to do something you don’t love. Make informed choices and be honest with yourself. If you do, you will always be satisfied in your career.

Lainee Beigel works in the insurance industry and also started her own business, Career Esquire, to assist lawyers and law students with career path guidance.

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  • Philip Guzman

    Great story and great advice. You did you homework, found work that led you to your goal. A great road map for law students and lawyers seeking alternative paths. I’m putting some ideas together on the path to a career as a law school career counselor attorney and many of the very things that you did are quite applicable as well.

 

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