Anonymous User wrote:whysoseriousbiglaw wrote:
Yeah, I'm looking to make the change now. It should have been telling when my favorite classes I took in law school were accounting and finance.....
To what? I hate biglaw and law in general like most lawyers and want out too. The JD has become a stain, though, so making a move is more difficult than in the past. Also, I agree with you about accounting, non-banking finance, and tech. The vast majority of my friends in those fields enjoy their jobs. The only friend group that is almost universally miserable is the lawyers.
To the dude with the grandpa flying up mountains into his 80s, did he spend his 20s through 60s desk-ridden and sedentary 12-16 hours per day? Honest question.
I have a lot of ideas, but not narrowed it down yet. I've thought about engineering (might be too old to start though), CPA, data science, nursing, high school teacher, actuary (exams are hard as hell though and there are a lot of them, so unlikely), real estate agent, etc. Fwiw, some CPAs have warned me against switching if I hate the law, but it seems like jobs are abundant for them in many more areas, and they can get an inhouse job working 9 to 5 pretty easily. My lazy ass friend from childhood is now a CPA in house - he works normal hours, there are lots of job opps, and he says that he "doesn't hate it or love it"....which is already a huge change from lawyers hating their jobs. It's also more numbers and fewer words (which I much prefer). All of my lawyer friends keep telling me to become a teacher for the "summers off" and for some reason are obsessed with the idea of teaching (one said it was the best time of his life when he taught); if they weren't so money obsessed they'd probably become teachers.
It's hard as hell to switch with a JD unless you do stuff like legal recruiter or work at a firm doing non legal work, but I'm willing to go back to school for a couple years (it will show dedication and also i probably need to take certain classes to switch anyway) if it's cheap/affordable and I end up doing a job that I can tolerate and don't hate on a daily basis. I also want a job that involves more numbers rather than words. If I taught, I'd probably teach math.
What have you considered switching to?