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How to Talk about Other Interviews in Your Interviews
published July 28, 2014
"Like many people, I sort of 'fell' into the job. I practiced for several years as part of a tax/employee benefits team at McKenna Long & Aldridge, before I returned to Mercer to work in our Admissions/Financial Aid Office. After working in that office for about 4 ½ years, our then dean asked me to fill my current role. It was the opportunity for a new challenge that allowed me to connect back to the legal community while still working with students. So, I decided to take the leap into this field."
"Obviously, the legal market has significantly tightened in the last six years, so it often takes longer to find a job and may mean starting in a position that is not the dream job, whether geographically or practice area. Our message to them is two fold: (1) focus on finding work that will allow them to grow professionally so that they can develop the skills and qualities that my help them in reaching that dream job down the road, and (2) be open to a wide variety of experiences. Although an opportunity may not look like your dream job, you may end up loving it."
"Our curriculum at Mercer has long emphasized developing practical skills, especially research and writing skills, and on having the opportunity to practice those skills through real world experiences. So our students are well prepared with the lawyering skills they need. In addition to the basic job search skills, our office focuses on many of the 'soft' or professional development skills that may be a little trickier to learn when navigating a professional environment."
"Unless a student is especially passionate about a particular practice area or issue, I think it is important to figure out how you like to work before you commit to a practice area. Do you need to work with people? Or, do you prefer the solitude of working on a project individually? Can you work on projects that may take years to complete or do you prefer the satisfaction of quickly marking projects off your to do list? Often, these factors, more than what you are working on, will drive career satisfaction. Once they have a sense of those factors, the best thing they can do is talk to a wide variety of people and ask questions to determine if the day to day of any particular job matches the characteristics they need in a job."
"One of the common denominators in my professional background is that I enjoy working directly with others to solve a problem or achieve a goal. If it's a goal or problem that is personally important to them, all the better. In this role, I can directly help students determine what kind of work they want to do and develop a plan to reach that goal. Essentially, I enjoy helping people find their own version of success."
University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
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