This thread is depressing! I was a lawyer before going on mat leave and unfortunately my son was injured and needed surgery when I was due to return to work. I asked for an extension of my maternity leave which was denied so I had to resign because I was NOT going to just leave my son at that time. I realised then that lawyer is not a family friendly career. I don't want to work somewhere where they expect me to prioritise my work over my own child - that's disgusting. My child will always come first for me. I also realised that I couldn't put my child into daycare full time (no judgement to those who do but it's just not for me). I want to be there to drop my son of at school everyday and pick him up, help him with his homework, take him to extra curriculars, attend every concert, sports day and fair or whatever.
So I'm retraining to be a mediator and will work for myself. That way I can make my own hours, work when I want to work, take time off when I want to take time off and not have to explain myself to anybody. And it's still a well regarded position so it's not as bad as taking a junior position like legal secretary or paralegal for better flexibility. If I wanted to work as a registrar, tribunal member or magistrate for example having been a lawyer and a mediator would be a good mix of experience. Or so I'm told.
The flip side is of course I will not make as much money and it will be inconsistent. I'm lucky that DH earns well so we can live. But I can't wait to start working because any extra money will be really great right now!
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20-04-2016 09:12 #201Senior Member
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20-04-2016 09:23 #202
I'm always amazed at the differences in leave entitlements and requirements for certificates. Every firm I've worked at we get 10 days personal leave (which accrues). Certificate is required if you have 2 days (doesn't have to be consecutive just within the same work week) OR your sick on a Monday/Friday/day before or after a public holiday, day before or after annual leave.
Then 4 weeks annual leave and public holidays.
20-04-2016 09:27 #203
20-04-2016 09:35 #204
Exactly even within the same industry! So even if you do your research on job/profession conditions there are no guarantees.
It just doesn't seem right that some people are so much better off because they work for a certain employer versus another within the same industry. Let alone the differences across industries.
20-04-2016 09:53 #205
20-04-2016 09:57 #206
Anyway, way off topic. Sorry OP :-)
20-04-2016 10:06 #207
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20-04-2016 10:07 #208
Lawyers aren't unionised. Never will be.
My views on this change all the time. My DH is a partner in an international law firm and is one of the most successful. His team is largely female part time senior lawyers. He's made is work successfully as he saw what went wrong for me in my career and has tried to make it better.
It makes sense for him as he spends a lot of time training his lawyers so he finds it painful having to start again whenever someone goes on maternity leave. He doesn't want to lose them permanently.
But. Lawyers at large firms work within extremely pressured environments and charge clients a fortune. Lawyers also get paid extremely well. At my peak I earned more than a senior surgeon at a public hospital, so it's a bit hard for me to feel a massive amount of sympathy for lawyers like me.
I think all employers of professionals could think outside the box and find ways to make it work for people who want to be part time, but many of these environments have extremely high burn out rates anyway not returning was like a breath of fresh air.
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