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Best Friend
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:19
Guys, I really hate my job.

Solicitor, real estate, 10 PQE. I always loathed property law and qualified into it through a dearth of opportunities at qualification. Still, I get on with it and work for a decent firm. Trouble is, I am micro-managed and hate it. I also hate filling in timesheets and otherwise accounting for my every waking moment. I hate the lack of career opportunities in the profession now. I am at the point where life is just too damn short to be hating work.

I don't want to just change firm – it will be more of the same. I am keeping an eye out for in-house jobs but they seem to be few and far between in this specialism, and also seem to be for people at the junior/mid end of the scale. I have a mortgage and usual financial commitments, but would take a pay cut for the right thing.

I would like autonomy, not to have to wear a suit every day, and to do more than deal with legal papers and other boring stuff. I can't really afford to retrain, other than for a really short time, eg 6 months.

Any suggestions for change?

Judy_Carter
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:20
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join the army
🐝 buzz
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:21
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I'd suggest changing from Crayola to Staedler pencil crayons. I've seen it bring a spring to the step of even the most jaded shed-shifter.
Bright Carver
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:22
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Go and check out loads of birds instead.

This has worked well for other ROFers.
Ash89
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:24
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Hi Jethro
sporting_zucchini
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:29
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"life is just too damn short to be hating work"

BF you need to look at a complete career change. Do it now before you hit the recruitment age cap.

In-house probably isn't the right answer for you if you hate the work. Find some other occupation that gives you proper job satisfaction and removes the Monday blues. Even if that means you have to sell up and move to a cheaper area, to reduce your overheads. I can't tell you what that better occupation might be. That's up to you.

Change your lifestyle if need be so you can live well on less. Law handcuffs you financially, so you tend to discount other career options or occupations because they fall so short of replacement income to maintain your lifestyle. Big trap. Don't be a bread head if it stops you enjoying life.
Judy_Carter
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:32
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i really really want a private income or a rich husband.

I feel your pain
Bright Carver
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:35
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^^^ That is one classy lonely hearts ad, Judy ^^^
Bright Carver
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:35
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(Think it should/might be better with "I'll" in the second line though)
Best Friend
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:36
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Zucchini, you are right - i hate being a lawyer and do need a career change.

Am probably over most people's idea of ideal "recruitment age" - I came to law later in life and never really enjoyed it. My lifestyle does allow for financial wiggle room, and I am building up savings so I can just go if I need to. Moving not really an option because my o/h works in London.

Probably need to work for myself at something.
Gravitas? What Gravitas?
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:38
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Can you not go and be a surveyor? That seems like a right piece of pyss and well enough remunerated.
chimes ♥
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:41
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How about property management? Resi or comm? There's a lot of legal stuff property management companies need to know and some really don't know it...
Trigger Warning
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:41
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I'd like to win the lottery please.
saoirse99
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:45
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wtf is a recruitment age cap?

given that we're going to be working until 70
sporting_zucchini
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:53
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recruitment age cap ... that's the age below which they might interview you, and above which your CV goes straight into the circular file.

totally banned but nobody cares much
saoirse99
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:01
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it doesn't actually exist, though, does it
daddycam
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:10
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"That seems like a right piece of pyss and well enough remunerated."

https://targetjobs.co.uk/career-sectors/property/advice/321785-what-salary-can-a-gra duate-property-surveyor-expect

The annual RICS and Macdonald Rewards & Attitudes Survey 2017 has understandably found that the higher the level of RICS professional qualification a professional has, the higher their salary. Of course, these higher salaries may be more attributable to the experience and the responsibilities of individual professionals than their level of membership. However, the survey did find that on average an FRICS earns £72,551, while their non-RICS counterpart earns on average £39,589.
Spadea ain't afraid of ya
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:28
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Just do what every other senior khunt does and become a consultant.