How to address not working in my field?

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How to address this topic

1. Option 1
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2. Option 2
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9%
3. Option 3
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9%
4. Option 4
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82%
5. Other (please explain)
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Total votes: 11

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BigA
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How to address not working in my field?

Postby BigA » Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:06 pm

I'm sure many others have dealt with this who have been out of college for some time and haven't gotten jobs in their major. Is there an elegant way to present this? Let me throw out my ideas and why this seems like a thorny subject.

1. I say that I just lost my passion. To adcomms this shows that I didn't know what I wanted and the same could happen with law.

2. I say that I realized the field just wasn't for me / my talents lie elsewhere. Here I appear incapable and that I couldn't properly estimate my abilities. Again, could happen with law.

3. I say that the job market is tough and couldn't find a job? Here I look like a failure.

4. I simply don't broach the subject. This may seem like a curious omission and adcomms may form their own reason (numbers 1, 2 and 3)


Is there any support for one or the other? Any options I haven't thought of?

*I also have a significant downward grade trend. In my mind this somewhat weakens option 4 and creates more need for 1 or 2 I think.
*making a poll for this was an afterthought. I'd love to hear reasons.

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Re: How to address not working in my field?

Postby Elston Gunn » Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:12 pm

I don't understand. You really need to be more specific. What is your major? What is your job? I'm having a hard time imagining a situation where it would be reasonable to do anything other than 4.

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Re: How to address not working in my field?

Postby Veyron » Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:14 pm

Yah, lots of people don't work in the field they majored in after college, its NBD.

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Re: How to address not working in my field?

Postby Fortuitous » Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:15 pm

Veyron wrote:Yah, lots of people don't work in the field they majored in after college, its NBD.


this

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Re: How to address not working in my field?

Postby BigA » Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:47 pm

Elston Gunn wrote:I don't understand. You really need to be more specific. What is your major? What is your job? I'm having a hard time imagining a situation where it would be reasonable to do anything other than 4.


For the sake of privacy I'd rather not give these specifics. Let's say, hypothetically, that I studied journalism but I've been waiting tables for last three years. Is this not a weakness and/or in need of explanation?

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Re: How to address not working in my field?

Postby Veyron » Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:02 pm

BigA wrote:
Elston Gunn wrote:I don't understand. You really need to be more specific. What is your major? What is your job? I'm having a hard time imagining a situation where it would be reasonable to do anything other than 4.


For the sake of privacy I'd rather not give these specifics. Let's say, hypothetically, that I studied journalism but I've been waiting tables for last three years. Is this not a weakness and/or in need of explanation?


No explanation necessary.

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Re: How to address not working in my field?

Postby kublaikahn » Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:58 pm

BigA wrote:
Elston Gunn wrote:I don't understand. You really need to be more specific. What is your major? What is your job? I'm having a hard time imagining a situation where it would be reasonable to do anything other than 4.


For the sake of privacy I'd rather not give these specifics. Let's say, hypothetically, that I studied journalism but I've been waiting tables for last three years. Is this not a weakness and/or in need of explanation?


I know a girl who got a masters in psychology and she's still stripping.

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Re: How to address not working in my field?

Postby BigA » Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:11 am

Well, thanks for the feedback. So my rebuttal to number 4 is basically unfounded then? I'm surprised

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Re: How to address not working in my field?

Postby Veyron » Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:20 am

BigA wrote:Well, thanks for the feedback. So my rebuttal to number 4 is basically unfounded then? I'm surprised


Why would you be surprised? Schools basically care only about LSDAS GPA and LSAT score unless you have some neat-o soft.

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Re: How to address not working in my field?

Postby BigA » Sun Dec 11, 2011 2:14 am

then I'm surprised by that too. I thought softs could hurt you more than they can help. Though I admit the soft in question isn't that bad

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Re: How to address not working in my field?

Postby bernaldiaz » Sun Dec 11, 2011 2:25 am

BigA wrote:then I'm surprised by that too. I thought softs could hurt you more than they can help. Though I admit the soft in question isn't that bad


How do you have 464 posts and not know the most basic TLS wisdom that is typically pounded into a user's brain after like 10 minutes on the site?

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Re: How to address not working in my field?

Postby Veyron » Sun Dec 11, 2011 2:25 am

BigA wrote:then I'm surprised by that too. I thought softs could hurt you more than they can help. Though I admit the soft in question isn't that bad


Softs will never hurt you and rarely help you. I think you need to do some more research into this whole law school thing.

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Re: How to address not working in my field?

Postby bruss » Sun Dec 11, 2011 2:56 am

Veyron wrote:
BigA wrote:then I'm surprised by that too. I thought softs could hurt you more than they can help. Though I admit the soft in question isn't that bad


Softs will never hurt you and rarely help you.


they don't give a shit. Where you work can only help, not hurt.

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Re: How to address not working in my field?

Postby BigA » Sun Dec 11, 2011 5:07 am

Veyron wrote:
BigA wrote:then I'm surprised by that too. I thought softs could hurt you more than they can help. Though I admit the soft in question isn't that bad


Softs will never hurt you and rarely help you. I think you need to do some more research into this whole law school thing.


:shock: Who would like to spell out here what a "soft" factor is? I'm almost positive a "soft" is anything in your application other than your GPA and LSAT. A felony... that's a terrible soft. An LOR writer who's out to get you... deadly soft. An incredibly ill-conceived personal statement... perhaps fatal as well. I'm beginning to question some of the opinions here.

If I'm wrong about this, I'll stand corrected.

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Re: How to address not working in my field?

Postby luthersloan » Sun Dec 11, 2011 6:44 am

Yeah, those are examples of "softs" that will hurt you, but they are also easy enough to avoid or spot. Excluding such extremes though, it is almost entirely a numbers game, or a numbers plus AA game. The non-URM softs that will really help you are few and far between.

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Re: How to address not working in my field?

Postby Veyron » Sun Dec 11, 2011 2:28 pm

luthersloan wrote:Yeah, those are examples of "softs" that will hurt you, but they are also easy enough to avoid or spot. Excluding such extremes though, it is almost entirely a numbers game, or a numbers plus AA game. The non-URM softs that will really help you are few and far between.


This. These are really over-the-top examples that apply to almost no one. I also don't think that people consider criminal record to be a "soft" factor. Its more sui generis.




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