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    Career advice for 2nd year associate?

    What bothers me most about this job is that I can't take work from anyone else. The way we're set up is that I'm the dedicated junior for 2 partners and I can't take work from anyone else. I've expressed interest in taking work from the other half of the group but i'm mostly told that it doesn't work like that. We don't really have HR (which I find very strange). There's one administrator who wears many hats who is called HR but I mean... associate concerns fall to the bottom of the barrel. We have an associates mentoring committee but the heads have retired and it's never been re-set up. The management and treatment of the associates is actually a fairly big concern among the associates... but there's turnover happening so perhaps things will change. But thanks everyone. I'm definitely actively searching for some new jobs. I spoke with some former colleagues last night who have agreed to throw any job postings they see my way. For now I'm going to try to keep my head down, do my work, and just relish in the days my manager is working from home.
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    Career advice for 2nd year associate?

    I'm not sure I'd go down the lawsuit path. I'd like to burn as few bridges as possible as I make my inevitable exit from the firm. I think I'd also feel bad because I don't think my supervisor is inherently a bad person, I just don't think he really knows how to work with juniors. Also maybe just has a few anger issues. I think (and know) people can survive working under him and become friends with him - 2 of our partners were his juniors and they're friends. I just think for someone like me, who has fairly bad anxiety to begin with, the fit isn't great. It's funny, because the job posting was to initially work under the other senior partner and I would have loved that. Everyone loves working for him. But they thought my experience would fit better with my supervisor, so they juggled things around. Things could have ended up very differently.....
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    Career advice for 2nd year associate?

    Thanks everyone. I wouldn't say the firm itself is toxic - I actually don't mind a lot of people in the firm. The problem is that my group is very small and we're a bit isolated in the office and so I never have a chance to interact with most of the people I do like and I definitely never get to work with them. Some of the partners are definitely toxic and I dislike them, but overall I think most people are nice. It just so happens that one of the toxic people happens to be the partner I work under constantly. I know finding a job is going to take a while and if possible I'm prepared to stay until the end of July (we have a 2 month hearing that is ending then, and I'm thankfully working with a junior partner on that file which sucks, but sucks significantly less). I'm using some vacation days and taking 2 weeks off for Christmas and maybe I'll be able to regroup and re-energize. I guess my problem is I'm definitely sure private practice isn't for me so finding a job not in private practice is going to take a little bit longer. I'd lateral to another firm but I'm just worried I'll end up in the same position that I am now... miserable because of lack of work/life balance, not liking the private practice environment, etc. But thanks. This helps. I think maybe I just needed to hear it from others that I'm not making a stupid decision or just being dramatic or lazy (all of which friends and family have said to me).
  4. Hi all, Just looking for some career advice because there aren't many people in my life I can talk to about this. Just over 4 months ago I started at a Bay street firm after articling and working as counsel at a clinic. I loved it but due to inconsistent contracts, I thought I should take a permanent job somewhere and make some money and gain some experience. I was offered a job in an area semi-related to my preferred practice area and the salary was great so I took the job. Fast forward to now and I'm hating my life. I don't like the people I work with and I don't enjoy the work and my mental health has been really suffering. I don't know that I've ever hated a job so much. The partner I work under is not a nice person, to the point that other partners in the firm have been whispering about how long I've made it working for him, which is only 4 months. His last few associates have lasted anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months, but not much longer. It's not a great situation. Everyone keeps telling me it'll get better as I get more comfortable but it's just not happening. If anything, as time goes on, I hate the job even more. I do have a significant amount of debt which is what has kept me there. I've been living as frugally as I can and am paying it down as fast as I possibly can and have made a small dent in it over the past 4 months. I'd ideally like to go work for a clinic again but it would be a sizeable pay cut, although I think I'd be able to make it work. The problem is that there aren't many jobs available and it could be months or years before I even find a job at a place I'm happy with. I can probably last a few more months, but don't think it will be possible mental health-wise for me to last a year or longer while I job search. I don't think private practice is right for me, and I'm at the point where I'm so disillusioned with the idea of practicing law that I'm considering looking at non-lawyer jobs. Everyone I've talked to always exclaims how many job options are out there for JDs but I can never get specific jobs that I'd be suited for. I do mainly litigation, although I'd say 25% of my practice right now is drafting agreements so I've got some experience doing that (although I don't love it). Any advice you have for someone really struggling right now would be wonderful.
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