Upon graduation from law school, it took me two years to finally land a full-time permanent role. There are a couple of reasons why. First, the legal market itself was challenging. Second, I didn’t want to move. I grew up in the Northeast and I didn’t want to move away from the area. Third, I wanted to be happy and I would not have been happy working for a big firm. Working in-house would make happy. Although I knew that landing such a role was a particularly difficult goal to achieve for a young (and at the time, inexperienced) attorney.
For those two years working in a variety of temporary roles, I gained experience and brought in some needed income. Although working on a full-time temporary basis was not what I had anticipated, taking on those temporary roles provided me with great exposure to a variety of areas within the law, such as electronic discovery, securities litigation, regulatory compliance, and contract administration, to name a few.
My next move was joining a legal startup company whose mission was to develop a proprietary contract management/analysis system and to train young attorneys in how to review and analyze complex contracts and answer specific questions about particular clauses within them. The truly unique part of the company was that there was no centralized office. We all worked remotely from around the country and each region would come together to meet periodically. It was this experience that gave my first true and in-depth taste of contract law.
From there, I then moved on to work for Velcro Group Corporation, part of Velcro Industries, which is a global leading manufacturer and maker of Velcro-brand hook and loop products. I now work in a unique role for Pearson Education as Manager, Contract Negotiations.