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Beanstew Wed 05-Nov-14 22:49:50

I am a commercial property lawyer working 4 days a week with a 2 year old girl. I've been back just over a year and I'm wondering if I can sustain what is required of me from my firm. I work in a fairly large corporate firm outside of the city. I loved my job but just don't feel I'm able to do it as well as I did. I'm much more stressed and worried and I feel my baby sees that. That said I've not a clue what I'd do if I didn't do my job, I need to earn £33k really and I'm not sure what type of job might bring in that amount over 4 days (not pro rata) and be less stressful, demanding, requiring me to work most evenings etc etc! Do I have unrealistic hopes that a job like that is out there? Just wondering if anybody had any ideas or suggestions for a change in direction...?? Or if anybody knows of a company/support that gives career advice for people looking for a change?

lovebenandjerrys Thu 06-Nov-14 20:30:30

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Floppityflop Thu 06-Nov-14 20:34:03

I think there's a company called Career Balance that specialises in lawyers with similar issues. Also have a look at Lawcare to see whether they have any resources. Have you thought about working for Government? The fact that you specialise at the moment in one area shouldn't matter.

Beanstew Fri 07-Nov-14 19:49:12

I hadn't, it's a bit tricky though because I live in Scotland but practice english law! I'll look at those websites. I have good and bad days just need a plan if bad gets more frequent than good! Thank you for taking the time to reply.

Beanstew Fri 07-Nov-14 20:15:05

Hi lovebenandjerrys
you replied to my post but for some reason it's been deleted, but I can see the first line and it looks like it will be helpful advice, can you repost or reply please.

Appreciate it!

BakernDavisItWorks11 Sun 07-Dec-14 03:03:25

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Kasey11 Fri 12-Dec-14 03:18:07

Easiest thing long term would be to apply for a new less pressured ft job closeish to home and switch to flexi working request 6 mths in with pro rate salary. I have done this 3 times going up the career ladder each time, the initial stage passes quite quickly and means you can focus on the job more until you are settled there. Very hard to find well paid pt jobs from the outset and you will have less choice.

Also worth looking at other options in your current work if firm is large - worth speaking to your hr dept about how you could change focus/workload.

Buddy80 Fri 12-Dec-14 10:17:37

Hi Beanstew,

I used to work in corporate law. Have you thought of becoming a buyer and going into the purchasing sector, in-house?

It is a chartered profession and pays very well (you would not have trouble earning good money). I am sure with your legal background it would be a big plus. There are specialist recuiters who can advise you.

I note you live in Scotland, there is a real need for contact managers in Aberdeen. Worth a look.

Hope that helps smile

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