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Recruitment: When it’s time to leave your Legal job

February 2, 2022 0 Comments

No job is necessarily forever, so if you’re considering a change in or out of your Legal job, here are roles you might think about moving into.

If Covid has taught us anything, it’s that change and adapting to changing conditions is something we need to be prepared for, or, at least, be open to.

For those in Legal jobs, moving out of a career in law may seem odd because, as with some of the other traditional professions, deciding to pursue a career in the law profession is often seen as a lifetime commitment. And, of course, the remuneration is often excellent, jobs are plentiful, and the profession offers an array of options and challenges that could keep you professionally occupied and interested for decades.

However, even before reports of the 2021 phenomenon The Great Resignation, data was emerging that for each generation, job-hopping was on the rise.

CareerBuilder came up with the following in terms of average length spent in a role:

  • Boomers – 8 years, 3 months
  • Gen X – 5 years, 2 months
  • Millennials – 2 years, 9 months
  • Gen Z – 2 years, 3 months

This move away from being loyal to one role comes partially on the back of younger generations wanting more flexibility and work-life balance, but also more broadly looking for jobs that interest and engage them.

It’s also no secret that while there are many great things about working in a legal job, the law can be a stressful profession to be a part of, with long hours required, high burnout and a great amount of stress and anxiety attached.

It’s therefore also fair and reasonable that anyone in a legal job may want a fresh start in a different work setting where some of this is minimised.

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So, you’re probably thinking that given there are plenty of different roles and areas of speciality available across the legal profession, why move out of the law and into a completely different career?

This is true, and there is nothing wrong with taking baby steps away from your current legal job into a different area of the law as a way of freshening your professional life up.

But you have very transferable skills – never underestimate this! These include:

  • Teamwork
  • Initiative and Independence
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Written Communication Skills
  • Verbal Communication Skills
  • Work Under Pressure
  • Commercial Awareness
  • Understanding People
  • Attention to Detail
  • Research Skills/Preparation

These skills, often honed to perfection by those in legal jobs, are highly transferable.

But what kinds of roles might they suit best?

As mentioned, the first step you might take if you’re thinking of a career change is a sidestep into another legal job. Here are five to consider.

1. Mediator

Mediators aim for a timely and cost-effective agreement in trying to help parties come to a middle ground on a conflicting matter outside of the court process.

2. Investigator

Investigators collect evidence and information regarding a crime. They speak to witnesses, search databases and even arrest criminals.

3. Labour relations specialist

Working alongside human resources, labour relations specialists interpret employee contracts, implement labour relations programs, develop policies and promote compliance.

4. Contract manager

Contract managers are the point of contact between companies, employees and third parties when it comes to any contractual matters, from fruition to execution.

5. Investment associates

Investment associates work in investment banking, assisting with tasks such as fundraising, monitoring portfolio companies and reviewing confidential information memorandum.

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For those wanting a bigger shakeup of their professional life, looking outside of the law might also be an option.

Those transferable skills we mentioned earlier can be useful in so many other roles, and a move across industries or professions does not necessarily mean additional training is required. Here are five non-legal jobs worth considering.

1. Journalist

With all the writing and research lawyers do, and the critical eye they must apply in getting across the ‘stories’ of their clients, journalism is a natural role for those in legal jobs to move into, especially with the huge number of digital news and media outlets currently out there. Warning: the pay isn’t necessarily great, at least not initially!

2. Public relations

Communication skills, and the ability to network and build relationships, are crucial for most employed in legal jobs, so a move into PR might feel a natural move for those in legal jobs.

3. Project manager

While for many, the project manager mantle may be a little mysterious and generic sounding, the strong organisational, people management and problem-solving skills required, wrapped up in a high level of emotional intelligence, all mean a move into this role from a legal job could be ideal.

4. Management consultant

This probably isn’t the role to move into if you’re looking for less stress, but it’s a great option if you want to be constantly challenged and remunerated at a similar level or higher to what you are already on. Your analytical skills will come most into play in the role but you will also need to turn up the creativity in looking for solutions to big problems.

Gorilla Jobs Can Help You

Are you interested in a change of pace in your Legal job? We love what we do at Gorilla Jobs, and while there are challenges, we are always ready to help you as a candidate or recruiting organisation to ensure the best talent ends up in the best jobs. Reach out to us today if you have any questions!