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Mature study and retraining

Lawyer wanting to retrain

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Herewegoagain84 · 23/03/2022 13:08

Hello - I’m wondering if anyone has advice for careers after law. I have been a solicitor in the city for almost 10 years, and frankly I’ve had enough. On top of that, I’ve got a child with a long term medical condition that just isn’t conducive with the job (regular unplanned hospital visits / childcare issues due to specialist care needed etc / general emotional toll etc). I’m sick of drifting and want to start again. I could perhaps retrain entirely but I’m also thinking about what jobs are out there that I have transferable skills for already? Not sure where to start - any advice welcome!

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LittleMissPreppy · 23/03/2022 16:30

No advice, just to offer an understanding.

I always thought I would go back to my corporate career (not law) after I had my son, but he had complex needs so anything more than a few days low responsibility is not really practical. Instead I’m hoping to satisfy myself with a MA (in an unrelated field to work) and then possibly in the future look to teach in a FE college.

I think your skills probably transfer more than you think: even without further training you would probably find roles in like local government/civil service (especially things like procurement and energy). Some of these roles are flexible or part time, and offer stability. I work in local government and we have employed a Planning Officer, Environmental Officer, and an Architect, who all retrained as adults from other jobs (2 accountants and a teacher I believe). I also spoke to an ecologist a few months ago who had previously been a bank manager but went back to Uni to study ecology in their 50s.

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Herewegoagain84 · 23/03/2022 17:13

@LittleMissPreppy thank you for your message and understanding - very helpful!

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TottersBlankly · 24/03/2022 06:49

The one thing you don’t mention is what you would like to do. What are you drawn to? Do you have any artistic / creative / entrepreneurial leanings? Or do you just want uncomplicated steady employment? Do you need to earn at least as much as in your current profession?

I imagine if you re-did all the personality tests you probably took 12/15 years ago you’d find you’ve changed a lot. Is it worth doing them again just as a prompt for further thought?

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magicstars · 24/03/2022 06:58

Could you do locum work, or work as an independent consultant in your field? Offer training to others perhaps in your area of expertise, contact unis to do training days?

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