Episode 19: Alternative Paralegal Careers

In this solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson discusses alternative paralegal careers and how to decide if one might be right for you. This list is from paralegals Ann has met or worked with who went on to have these job titles, just to give you an idea of what’s available. The list could be endless!

List of Alternative Paralegal Careers:

  • Project Manager or a sales position for legal support vendor
  • Legislative Affairs Director for a county government agency
  • Business Development/Sales for legal support vendor
  • Professional Blogger/Marketer to the legal field
  • Mediator
  • Legal Staffing Recruiter
  • Professional Development and Training Manager
  • Pro Bono Program Coordinator
  • Foreclosure Specialist
  • Contracts Administrator
  • Investigator
  • Process Server
  • Conflicts Specialist for a law firm
  • Litigation Support Analyst
  • Executive position at a venture capital company
  • Compliance Specialist
  • Director of Information Management

Your Actionable Strategy

In all of our podcast episodes, we try to give paralegals an actionable strategy that they can take away from the show because we know your time is valuable.

In this podcast episode, Ann Pearson discussed some steps that you can take today to decide if an alternative paralegal career is for you!

Step 1: Take a pause, turn everything off and just think. What are you passionate about? What makes you happy? What do enjoy or not enjoy about your current position?

Step 2: Take a career assessment or talk to a career coach. Consider taking an Enneagram, Myers-Briggs or MAPP personality assessment.

Step 3: Update your resume from the perspective of landing that new career position.

Step 4: Use our spreadsheet to update your career development plan to acquire the skills you will need. You can download it here.

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Additional Career Resources

A few of our favorite resources for paralegal career development:

Paralegal Career Growth

8 Steps to be the Rockstar Personal Injury Paralegal

10 Things Attorneys Look for in Paralegals

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