Episode 7: What the Paralegal School is Not Telling You

In this solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson talks about the struggle that some new paralegals feel, like “my paralegal school didn’t prepare me for this” and “maybe I’m just not cut out for being a paralegal!”

Instead, what if you’re just in the wrong practice area? Or working for the wrong attorney?

Don’t give up on being a paralegal! It can be such a rewarding career for you if you choose the path that’s best for YOU.

Show Highlights

  • Some days you might be doing boring work – but that doesn’t mean it’s boring to be a paralegal.
  • It’s going to be harder to land that first paralegal position than they tell you.
  • You are not learning the paralegal SKILLS to be successful, you are learning the FOUNDATION to build upon.

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 recommended that all new paralegal graduates (and those who are unhappy where they’re at now) take a career assessment because it could just be that you chose the wrong practice area.

Every practice area in the legal profession is so different! Choose the one that fits best with your lifestyle, personality, and strengths.

And a bonus strategy to advance the paralegal profession: share this episode with someone who is currently in a paralegal school to help them be prepared for what to expect.

Up Next Week!

We’ve got our first Guest Interview! You are going to LOVE hearing what Molly has to say about the current state of the legal market and what paralegals can do to have those “courageous conversations” with the people they work with.

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