It looks like I’ll be re-entering the job market in a couple years. I have a decidedly mixed bag of pros and cons as a job applicant. I know some things I definitely DON’T want to do. I have some interests, and I have some experience, but they generally don’t coincide.
Let’s see if I can give a coherent but brief account of my career.
In 1997 I graduated from Duke Law, planning on being a prosecutor. I couldn’t get a job locally, so I wound up backing into work at a small firm that mostly represented small businesses. That was about 1999.
In 2002, I got fired. I was severely depressed and not working efficiently, and the remaining partner (after a firm breakup) and I did not get along, so I wound up getting canned. The other two lawyers who’d been partners agreed to serve as references, and I’d been looking for another position, but nothing panned out.
From 2003-present I’ve been a full time mother.
2007-present I’ve been volunteering as a breastfeeding counselor.
I just found out that the requirements to get certified as a Lactation Consultant will get more rigorous in 2012, so I will probably take the test next year, just to take advantage of the opportunity. But I’m not at all sure I would actually like working as an LC.
It would also be nice to bring in as much money as possible, seeing as I owe more on my legal education than we do on our house.
At the same time, I refuse to ever do civil litigation, and I have enough problems with the drug war, death penalty, and police practices that being a prosecutor is off my list. Doing something transactional like real estate or wills seems appealing, but I have zero knowledge on those subjects.
I am passionate about civil liberties, reproductive choice, and church-state separation, but would working with an advocacy group on those subjects put me back into litigation?
The biggest need for legal-ish work in the breastfeeding world seems to be lobbying, and I have the exact opposite personality of a good lobbyist.
I will be calling Duke’s career services and setting up an appointment. But I wondered if anyone had some ideas, guidance, or caveats for me.