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If I’m thinking of looking for an alternative career, where do I start?

Q: If I’m thinking of looking for an alternative career, where do I start?

A: Identify your transferable skills…and which you enjoy using most, such as writing, asking questions, public visibility, and the like. Then try to put the pieces of the puzzle together; for instance, perhaps legal journalism, looking at the just-mentioned strengths, would be of interest. Next, contact and network with legal journalists in your area and online to see if there are opportunities or who else they know in the field you might reach out to.

Try not to put all your job search eggs in any one basket, but instead pursue several avenues at once. Think expansively, read about various fields, talk with people…and arrange your resume(s) so they don’t overemphasize your law degree and legal tasks. Instead, reframe your experience both more broadly and with any specific direction in mind. But never apologize for being a lawyer. It’s good training for many paths.