I’m an Assistant State Attorney with ten years of experience in criminal law, and I want more. I want more money, more respect, and more interesting work. I want to transition into something, anything else. But I am afraid that I have been pigeonholed into criminal practice. Am I stuck? Is there no way out?
Help me. Please.
Yes, there’s a way out, but it ain’t easy. You’ve been practicing criminal law for TEN years. That’s a lot of years…and a lot of crime. Like it or not, you’re a criminal lawyer, not a lawyer. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make a career change.
The problem: There’s no natural, high-paying career segue for criminal lawyers, other than criminal/white-collar defense, but I’m sensing you’re not interested in that since you’re so worried about being pigeonholed.
My advice: Find something you love and do it. I know, I know, that’s annoyingly broad and simplistic. But it’s the only honest advice I can give you. Being “stuck” is a state of mind. To “unstick” yourself, you have to “unstick” your mind. Stop thinking in terms of money and respect, and start thinking in terms of excitement and passion. If you find a job you love, the money will follow and the respect won’t matter. No one’s entitled to an exciting, lucrative, fulfilling career. You have to create your own opportunities, take some risk, and work your ass off.
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