What do lawyers do when they stop practicing the law? This may sound like the beginning of a bad joke, but the Washington Post reports that lawyers find happiness in baking, tech and other fields after leaving law, with baking being the most popular profession.
However this isn’t just a trend for DC – it appears that the exodus is happening throughout the US. The reason for this, according to CareerBliss, a company that tracks workplace satisfaction, is due to the fact that associate lawyers are becoming disillusioned and are less satisfied than in any other profession.
If you want to leave the law to follow a career path in a different profession here are two tips:
- Start your planning while you’re in your current profession. Use your current job to help with saving money for the transition to your next phase and while doing so figure out what it is that you want to do and what steps need to be taken. If you find that you don’t have enough time to plan for your next venture, then consider doing consulting work in the legal field until you are ready for the next step.
- Tap friends and professional colleagues to help make the proper introductions for helping you with either finding a new job or for helping you with your new venture. You can also use LinkedIn to meet people within the industry that you’re looking to get into and go to MeetUp groups as well.