Episode 5: Forget About Paralegal Job Security – Let’s Talk About Career Security

Forget About Paralegal Job Security – Let’s Talk About Career Security

In this solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson takes a deep dive into what it means to have career security and some methods paralegals can look at to achieve that. There’s nothing bad about having paralegal job security, but it’s even better to have career security!

Show Highlights

  • Why your career security is just as important as (or maybe even more than!) your paralegal job security
  • Additional professional certifications that can increase your career security
  • Combining your paralegal skills with an area that you enjoy working in

Show Summary

How often do you ever focus on your career security?

What is career security?

It’s when you’re consistently doing things that move your career forward, and that will provide security for you, regardless of what happens to your current job. You’re adding value to your career so that if you got fired tomorrow or laid off next month, it would barely be a bleep on your radar screen because you have the valuable skills and certifications that other employers are looking for.

“The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember that jobs are owned by the company you own your career and owning your career means that you invest in that career.” – Earl Nightingale

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 gives paralegals a list of additional professional certifications they might want to consider working towards that will bring them a higher level of career security.

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  • Mary K. Mayer November 9, 2021 at 4:12 pm Reply

    Ann, you just reinforced my thinking about taking the NALA ACP Trial Practice exam (I already have ACP Criminal Litigation), as I really like to get more involved with trial work.

    Thank you

    • Ann Pearson November 10, 2021 at 9:05 pm Reply

      Mary, that sounds like a great plan!

  • Monica Castillejos November 9, 2021 at 4:46 pm Reply

    I received my paralegal certification in 2011. I have been working in the legal field as support staff. I have been unable to get a paralegal job. What would you recommend I do to keep myself in good standing with my career and skills? What certifications should I begin with?

    • Ann Pearson November 10, 2021 at 9:09 pm Reply

      It sounds like you’re keeping up with your skills if you’re working in the legal field, even if it’s not with a paralegal title. Since it’s been a while since you received your certificate, I’d start with the basics of one of NALA or NFPA’s certifications.

  • Sabine May 18, 2022 at 8:01 pm Reply

    great podcast. I just got promoted to Compliance Manager for my department in First party Property. I already have my CP from Nala but in my new role, what do you suggest. I will be training, working wiht productivity and compliance with procedures

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