Feeling Stuck, burned out, and don’t know what to do
July 14,2020 at 1:47PM UTC
I’ve worked in the legal field as a legal assistant for 13 years, with the vast majority of that time dealing with family law matters (divorces, custody, support, etc.). While I absolutely love the people I work with, I’ve grown tired and burned out of what I do. I’m the type of person that needs a challenge to stay interested/motivated/focused, and I’ve gotten to a point where everything I do is repetitive and easy. I previously expressed an interest to our firm’s management in becoming a full-fledged paralegal once our “domestic section” paralegal retires in the next couple of years; however, since I’ve taken on more of a hybrid position, I don’t know if that’s what I want to do anymore since it’s not entirely different than what I’m doing now. I’m not even sure if I want to continue within the legal field anymore because of how I feel currently. I have three attorneys that I assist, and I’ve asked my appellate attorney if there’s anything I can help with to learn new things and I never get anything from him outside of the “normal” things I handle. I feel stuck between a rock and a hard place: loving the people I work with, but borderline hating what I do. I don’t know if I need a change of scenery of a completely new work environment, different aspects of the law to focus on, or a complete overhaul of my career. I’ve noticed myself becoming very cynical of the issues that arise in our cases, and I don’t like it. Anyone feel this way and how did you “get past it”?
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