• Francesca

Leaving the Law

I’ll be honest. Leaving a lifestyle, a career, and something that I had worked so hard for and was just “supposed to” do was scary, nerve-wracking, and a bit unsettling. When I announced my decision to stop practicing law, I received ridicule from lawyers, peers, and even family!

But I knew deep down in my heart that something wasn’t right.

If you have been feeling the same way and want a change, here is some advice that may be useful:

  1. Don’t live your life for others. This was especially hard being in the legal field, where people judge you based on your title, your status and your salary. I also felt pressure to make my family proud by saying I was an “attorney.” But after I changed careers, I was no longer surrounded by those who judged me. And my parents were still proud of me!

  2. Accept that passions change. Society expects us to stay on a one-track path based on your major, your experience, or your background. If what you’re doing doesn’t feel right anymore, move on!

  3. Stay humble, be patient. Don’t expect a transition to be smooth and without worries. Give it time, and be grateful that you have listened to your heart!

Now go do you!

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