Fresh Prince wrote:
wert3813 wrote:To the Big Law people ITT:
If you graduated debt free what job would you have taken (that you feasibly could have gotten)?
What job would you have taken that would have been tougher to get (thinking like DOJ Honors program or something, not GM of the Yankees)?
I have little to no debt and I work in biglaw, and I like it fine.
Hours can be tough and very unpredictable, but there's no profession where you get paid the big bucks and you're basically not on call.
I don't really know how long I see myself at the firm. I definitely think you can go to other firms and make the same for billing less, but I like my current firm because of job security and I am learning a lot.
To keep my hours somewhat more sane, I'm very careful about who I work for and the matters I take on. I also work from home during non office hours, but that's a trust thing. A lot of associates and partners like face time. I've earned the trust of my colleagues because whenever they ask me to do something, I do it (unless I have more pressing work).
Coworkers respect my holidays to the extent they can. I had a lovely break for Christmas and New Years. Thanksgiving kind of sucked, and I didn't get my birthday (but no one knew it was my bday and I think it's kind of dumb to refuse to do work because it is your birthday). I've gotten most of those one off holidays (like MLK), and yes even got Super Bowl Sunday (despite being on a billion dollar deal).
The people I work with are people who wouldn't give me something to do during a holiday or weekend unless they absolutely had to. And if you refuse to do it, they'll end up having to sacrifice their lives to do it, and that's not really fair to them. We are all in this together and the more you can help out the quicker you can get the whole deal over with.