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Career Change

  • August 20, 2013
  • By Brittany
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Career Change

Back in July when I celebrated my blogiversary, I mentioned that I started blogging as a way to find more balance in my life while working in a stressful environment as a lawyer.   Well, since then I’ve received a lot of questions about whether I am still practicing law, working at my firm and basically still contributing to society in general.  I’ve given a few cryptic responses, like my Target Practice last week.  But the time has come for me to share what the heck is going on with me career-wise and I couldn’t be more excited!!

So let’s rewind a few years, shall we?  I graduated law school in 2010 and was prepared to start my career as a lawyer.  If anyone else graduated from school around this time, you’ll know that the effects of the financial crisis were pervasive and jobs were scarce.  Despite graduating with a 3.8 GPA and in the top 3% of my class, I couldn’t find a job.  The dream of “big law” (working for a large, international law firm that is prestigious an pays well) became just that … a dream, as in “you’re dreaming.”  So imagine how thrilled I was when I received an offer to work for a boutique litigation firm. The more senior attorneys had all come from big law and I felt confident I was working in a high caliber environment.


In the back of my mind I knew I was probably going to have to work some long hours but I had worked hard in law school and I thought I could handle them and still balance my healthy lifestyle.  Well, I wasn’t prepared for the emotional abuse I would have to take when I tried to preserve time for my family and health.  At the end of the day, even if I was getting the work done, I wasn’t allowed to dictate my time.

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So After enduring this for two years, I made the decision to move on.  I thought about moving to a new firm, but I knew I wouldn’t really be any happier because my work/life balance would most likely not improve.  I also didn’t love the work I was doing.  I made the decision to leave the practice of law.

My first gig after my firm job was working at my old law school in their career services office assisting with recruitment and their social media.  Obviously I love social media and have some experience with it, so I thought this would be a great fit.  I also knew I could build a career in legal recruitment.  Unfortunately the job didn’t end up meeting my expectations for a variety of reasons and I decided to move on again.

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(This is my LinkedIn profile pic.  The ONLY form of social media not related to MOB! I actually try to be a professional there.)

It’s hard to know what to look for when you leave the practice of law.  Going into law school, I never in a million years dreamed I would stop practicing so I never considered what I would do.  Well, the perfect job landed in my lap.  I am now an Associate Editor at Practical Law, a Thomson Reuters company.  Essentially I work in legal publishing and spend my days researching and writing online content that attorneys can use for their own research when thy have to write a brief or a client memo.  This job is perfect for me because it is so similar to my role as a law review editor in law school, which I loved AND it provides me great work/life balance so I can pursue my healthy endeavors and check in with you all everyday!

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This week is only my second week in my new position but I am confident it will go well!  I’m excited to enter this new phase in my life!

Readers, have you ever changed careers?  Have you ever thought you wanted to do one thing (career or otherwise) and ended up finding out that maybe you didn’t want to do it at all?

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  • Colleen C
    August 20, 2013

    Congrats on the new job B!

  • Colleen C
    August 20, 2013

    Congrats on the new job B!

  • Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    August 20, 2013

    Congrats on the new career!! thats SO exciting! good for you for realizing your first career choice wasnt a good fit, and doing something about it. I’ve switched career paths twice, from working under the president of a fashion house, to real estate/finance and now, once I get my writing career off the ground it will be 3, and i think i finally nailed it this time- once it happens 🙂

    • FitBritt
      August 20, 2013

      Thanks Charlotte. You definitely have a unique voice so I’m sure you will be successful as a writer! 🙂

  • Holly
    August 20, 2013

    Congrats ! Sounds like an excellent fit and balance.

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    August 20, 2013

    Congratulations on your career change! That’s awesome that you graduated law school with such a high GPA; you should be so proud of yourself!

    I can completely relate to struggling with balancing a full-time (plus) job and trying to maintain the healthy lifestyle that you love- it is so hard. I don’t want to quit my job all together but I would love to work less.

    I hope your new position works out for you; it sounds great!

    • FitBritt
      August 20, 2013

      Thanks Sarah. It’s definitely been a struggle but because it’s such a priority for me, I know that I will be able to make it work. I remember reading a post of yours where you said you were working a lot, so I’m sure you do understand!

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    August 20, 2013

    Congratulations on your career change! That’s awesome that you graduated law school with such a high GPA; you should be so proud of yourself!

    I can completely relate to struggling with balancing a full-time (plus) job and trying to maintain the healthy lifestyle that you love- it is so hard. I don’t want to quit my job all together but I would love to work less.

    I hope your new position works out for you; it sounds great!

    • FitBritt
      August 20, 2013

      Thanks Sarah. It’s definitely been a struggle but because it’s such a priority for me, I know that I will be able to make it work. I remember reading a post of yours where you said you were working a lot, so I’m sure you do understand!

  • Allie
    August 20, 2013

    Congrats!!! I’m so happy for you. Sounds like you found the perfect job to fit your life and maintain your “balance!” Best of luck!!

    • FitBritt
      August 20, 2013

      Thanks Allie! I really think I’ve found a place where I can be happy professionally but still pursue my other interests.

  • Kimberly {Manifest Yourself}
    August 20, 2013

    WOOOOHOOOOO! Congrats on the new job, girlie! I am happy that you found something that you love. Once I get into the city, we should grab drinks after work to celebrate. 🙂

  • Kimberly {Manifest Yourself}
    August 20, 2013

    WOOOOHOOOOO! Congrats on the new job, girlie! I am happy that you found something that you love. Once I get into the city, we should grab drinks after work to celebrate. 🙂

  • PB
    August 20, 2013

    So glad you are enjoying the new job! The work-life balance is so important – especially finding that happy medium between being totally invested in your work but also prioritizing yourself/values above all. Good luck, fitbritt!

    • FitBritt
      August 20, 2013

      Thanks PB! I think as I grow older and wiser I realize just how important it is to feel good about your decisions and no amount of money is worth feeling unhappy everyday.

  • PB
    August 20, 2013

    So glad you are enjoying the new job! The work-life balance is so important – especially finding that happy medium between being totally invested in your work but also prioritizing yourself/values above all. Good luck, fitbritt!

  • Susanne
    August 20, 2013

    Good luck with your new job! Congratulations!

  • Susanne
    August 20, 2013

    Good luck with your new job! Congratulations!

  • Angela
    August 20, 2013

    So exciting!!! Congratulations on taking this next big step in your career Britt 🙂 and in recognizing the importance of a healthy work-life balance! It sounds like a great move for you!

  • Anita
    August 21, 2013

    That’s amazing news! It’s always a blessing to be happy and do what you love. Best of luck 🙂

  • Anita
    August 21, 2013

    That’s amazing news! It’s always a blessing to be happy and do what you love. Best of luck 🙂

  • Melissa Burton
    August 21, 2013

    Congrats on the career change! I went back to school to become a dietitian at 30. It was no picnic taking Organic Chemistry I’ll tell you that. 2 years of FT school and a year of unpaid internship wasn’t easy but it has been good.

    I think it’s unfair in some ways to make life decisions about where you’ll spend your time when you have no idea about what you’ll actually DO and how it will make you FEEL once you get there. Change is scary but good.

    It sounds like you’re happier and since we already know you’re smart, you’re on your way to a pretty damned good life I’d say!

  • Natalie@fit.fun.femme.
    August 21, 2013

    I feel like we are the same person in some ways. I too graduated in 2010, law review and the whole “good” bag of tricks and it took me a year, and taking/passing two bar exams, to find any job at all. I was bartending for most of that year! I think it’s tough because you need a job and you aren’t able to truly figure out what you want to do with your career. It’s good, though, that you gave private practice a shot and now know what works for you. I love PLC!!!!! Good luck!

    • FitBritt
      August 21, 2013

      You know EXACTLY where I’m coming from. It was really hard not being able to find a job and it made leaving practice really hard but I’m so glad I did! I’m so glad you like PLC! I’ll try to make sure our content helps you out at your new job. 🙂

  • Natalie@fit.fun.femme.
    August 21, 2013

    I feel like we are the same person in some ways. I too graduated in 2010, law review and the whole “good” bag of tricks and it took me a year, and taking/passing two bar exams, to find any job at all. I was bartending for most of that year! I think it’s tough because you need a job and you aren’t able to truly figure out what you want to do with your career. It’s good, though, that you gave private practice a shot and now know what works for you. I love PLC!!!!! Good luck!

  • Ali
    August 21, 2013

    I started out wanting to be an event planner, then personal trainer and health coach, then I went to acupuncturist and now I’m honestly not sure exactly what I want to do. I’m horrible at deciding which career I would like. There are too many choices and all have pros and cons. It’s so hard to figure things out and then have a job that is hiring too!

  • Ali
    August 21, 2013

    I started out wanting to be an event planner, then personal trainer and health coach, then I went to acupuncturist and now I’m honestly not sure exactly what I want to do. I’m horrible at deciding which career I would like. There are too many choices and all have pros and cons. It’s so hard to figure things out and then have a job that is hiring too!

  • Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady
    August 22, 2013

    Hi there Brittany! I came over from Allie’s post where you nominated her for an award. You sounded interesting and I’m glad I scrolled down to this post! Congratulations girl! I enjoyed reading about your journey up to this point. Completing professional school is an awesome accomplishment and I know that most of us who do it want to be fulfilled in that regard by a job that we love. It can be difficult in this economy, especially if the job outlook drastically changes from the time you enter school til the time you graduate. I was blessed to find my dream job right out of school 7 years ago. I have been at the same place and it allows me to teach my fitness classes on a regular and go to church every Sunday. That is not a luxury in the world of most community pharmacist. Your new position sounds awesome. All the best going forward. Very nice to meet you. Oh and I’m SPA too 🙂

    • FitBritt
      August 22, 2013

      Hi Joi! Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂 Your words are so kind! I’m always so happy to meet other bloggers and SPAs! I know pharmacists can work long hours so I’m glad you’ve found a place where you can still do the things you love! 🙂

  • HappinessSavouredHot
    August 22, 2013

    I’m so happy for you that you found something you love and that works for you!

    When I graduated, I was still full of ambition, but that changed rather quickly. A balanced life is of primordial importance to me. For that reason I am self-employed (as a professional translator in the medical field and health-related fields). I work from home, rarely full-time. This works wonderfully for myself and my family. There is time to do other things. I would never want your typical 9-5 job!!!

    • FitBritt
      August 22, 2013

      Thank you! Being a professional translator sounds like such a cool job! I’m glad you have your happy place.

  • HappinessSavouredHot
    August 22, 2013

    I’m so happy for you that you found something you love and that works for you!

    When I graduated, I was still full of ambition, but that changed rather quickly. A balanced life is of primordial importance to me. For that reason I am self-employed (as a professional translator in the medical field and health-related fields). I work from home, rarely full-time. This works wonderfully for myself and my family. There is time to do other things. I would never want your typical 9-5 job!!!

  • Sara @ Fit.Fun,Femme
    August 22, 2013

    CONGRATS to you on taking a leap of faith and finding a new job with more balance. I can only imagine how hard of a decision that must have been and I am so happy it’s all working out! My husband is an attorney so I know how crazy the hours can be and how much it cuts into family/personal/fitness time. Glad you’ll have more time to blog 🙂 .

    • FitBritt
      August 22, 2013

      Thanks Sara! It was definitely a tough decision but I’m glad I made it. I’m much happier where I am now. You definitely can understand! 🙂

  • Sara @ Fit.Fun,Femme
    August 22, 2013

    CONGRATS to you on taking a leap of faith and finding a new job with more balance. I can only imagine how hard of a decision that must have been and I am so happy it’s all working out! My husband is an attorney so I know how crazy the hours can be and how much it cuts into family/personal/fitness time. Glad you’ll have more time to blog 🙂 .

  • Sarah @ A Refining Adventure
    August 25, 2013

    Congratulations Brittany! I know it must have been a difficult decision to leave the law practice, but if you’re not happy, there’s no sense in putting yourself through it. I admire you for realizing that and doing something about it. I’m so glad you love your new position! I hope it continues to go well!

  • Sarah @ A Refining Adventure
    August 25, 2013

    Congratulations Brittany! I know it must have been a difficult decision to leave the law practice, but if you’re not happy, there’s no sense in putting yourself through it. I admire you for realizing that and doing something about it. I’m so glad you love your new position! I hope it continues to go well!

  • kyrunnergirl
    August 27, 2013

    Congrats on your new job! I’m a paralegal, so maybe one day our paths will cross through Thomson.

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