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I really really need a new job - where to look?

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HellsBellsnBucketsofBlood Tue 07-Jun-16 08:31:51

Backstory: I'm a solicitor. I left my previous job early last year to come to my current role at a smaller firm with better pay. I desperately needed to leave my old job (it was leave permanently or go to HR and tell them I needed at least 6 months away - I was getting pretty down).

New job went well for a while, but over time the cases have dried up and there's little to no sign of anything new arriving. I've touted round the office to see if I can help anyone, but there's not much available (though I pick up the odd scrap here and there). The partners I work for are appalling at workload management, and frankly I think they are hoping I decide to leave - possibly because when they hired me they were planning to pick up work in the areas that I specialize in, and have now changed their minds.

So the position now is that despite receiving a great salary, I have barely anything to do, am not really needed, and am once again sinking into depression. And to top it off, I can't leave right now, as I'm 4 months pregnant.

All in I very much need a new job and need to start putting plans in place. My ideal job would be one where I analyze data and prepare reports/reach conclusions, as that's something I really like doing and I'm good at it. Also, I'm sick of being a 'fee earner' - I'd prefer a job where I don't have to account for every 6 minutes of my day.

Anyone got any suggestions for firms to look at/roles/job titles in adverts to keep an eye out for?

MustStopAndThinkBeforePosting Tue 07-Jun-16 08:46:46

Google for "fundraising prospect researcher". Talented and successful prospect researchers are like gold dust in the fundraising sector. There are fewer capable people than there are available jobs so there are always vacancies. You sound like you might have the right skills.

HellsBellsnBucketsofBlood Tue 07-Jun-16 10:09:50

That does look like something I could do. I will definitely look into it as an option. Thanks

Alanna1 Tue 07-Jun-16 10:21:28

I take it PSL in a big firm doesn't appeal to you? I know quite a few lawyers in the research side of big law firms and they seem to like it. Otherwise you could also look at the Government Legal Service / in-house legal too. If you have any financial experience you could look at financial services too.

HellsBellsnBucketsofBlood Tue 07-Jun-16 10:52:16

I'm not sure. I've done a lot in the financial sector, but I know that the banks et al are in 'trimming' mode - a few friends are living on edge due to fear of more redundancies.

I've contacted a couple of ex-colleagues who do PSL now, to try and get a better picture of that. Trouble is, I feel really burned out at present and I'm not sure if I need to get away from law entirely - I sometimes feel that all I do is help very rich people move money between themselves while siphoning a bit off in fees :-S. Maybe it is just that the current situation is eating my confidence (I'd have moved/be interviewing already if it wasn't for the baby).

RaarSaidTheLion Sat 11-Jun-16 01:51:45

If you don't like fee pressure I'd think twice about going into a fundraising related field.

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