posted by shelly on Mar 29

Question by MR Dee: I am considering a career change to human resources or Paralegal. Which has the most employment opportunities?
What steps should i take to make a change into a career once Ive made my choice. Paralegals and Human resources reps I would love your feedback. Im interested in both fields

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Answer by sfmca5
Qualified paralegals are in high demand as there is no shortage of Attorneys and Judges that need them these days.

Good Luck with your career change.

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2 Comments to “Q&A: I am considering a career change to human resources or Paralegal. Which has the most employment opportunities?”

  1. mailaccount63 Says:

    Go with Human Resources. The vocational field of Law has changed dramatically in the last 25 years.

    Choosing a career is one of life’s most important and difficult decisions. But knowing what your expectations are, and then comparing them to the realities will help you make educated decisions.

    We simply already have way too many Legal Professionals. AND the legal profession is dramatically changing: it is in absolute CRISIS! Job searching in this vocational field has changed >>DRAMATICALLY< <. And, every year, more and more people graduate from law school, but there are fewer and fewer jobs. Even the largest and most reputable law firms are experiencing unprecedented cutbacks. I don't expect the situation to improve in the coming years..... Be aware of what you are proposing on getting yourself into. Please do more research first. Reminder: We are STILL in a World-wide Recession. Obviously, economic conditions affect the number of jobs available. Consider career paths that have available JOBS.<< Even in a Recovery, there are some jobs that just won't return - the field of Law won't make a comeback. Too many things have changed in this vocational field. Warning> Jobs in the field of Law are drying up fast!! This no longer is a good field to invest time and/or money into. This is a SHRINKING, crumbling, and dying vocational field. Many, many reasons: We now have computers. So, many people today (mistakenly) think they can do their own legal work, thanks to the Internet and legal books. Also, there are a lot of companies out there making very efficient legal software for the field of Law. Today’s graduating lawyers tend to be very computer savvy, so they just do the work themselves to save themselves the cost of overhead – they aren’t hiring legal staff. Also, the “Public” buys this legal software/law books in order to get legal work done without the expense of an Attorney. Also, we simply already have way too many Legal Professionals – we just have an absolute glut!! (“Legal Professionals” includes, but is not limited to: Attorneys/Lawyers, Paralegals, Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries, Bailiffs, Court Reporters, etc, etc) For example: Sites like legalzoom.com have taken away work that many small-time attorneys/lawyers would do/used to do.

    The field of Law has a mystique that actually exceeds reality. The field of Law is a vastly overrated career – especially by television.< < There are many myths regarding the field of Law. Law is a more demanding profession than most people realize. It is not like what you see on TV. Cost of law school to be lawyer, approx $ 150,000+. Be prepared to take on a LOT of debt, if becoming an attorney is your "true", ultimate goal!!<<< There are no jobs in this vocational field. My family, coworkers, friends, acqaintances, etc. have been laid off left and right in this vocational field. Regarding being a Paralegal: Employers (usually law firms) in the field of Law today want employees with >>BACHELORS< < degrees from traditional (bricks and mortar) colleges/universities. Those "certificates" you see advertised aren't worth the paper they are printed on - they are generally scams. (>>I found this out the hard way.) Also, the law school’s program needs to be accredited by the American Bar Association – if it isn’t, you are just wasting your time/money.

    Even if you finish law school, you won’t be able to find a job when you are done. Since this vocational field is shrinking (at an alarming rate), many new attorneys/lawyers are, themselves, having to work “down” as Paralegals, Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries, Bailiffs, Court Reporters, etc, etc, to simply try to keep some of their bills paid < that the job market/economy is just SATURATED with way too many Legal Professionals. Instead the schools will feed you a fairytale and will LIE to you. The root of the problem is we already have too many law schools. We are STILL in a Recession, and the schools are fighting for their own survival – they will tell students anything to get to the students’ money. (Which is why they won’t tell you the truth about the job market for the field of Law.) And these schools continue to recruit and churn out even more graduates………….Remember>>> law schools are BUSINESSES – their TOP concern is making money for themselves.

    >>>>>THE #1 MOST IMPORTANT THING (and I can’t stress this enough>>>): You ESPECIALLY have to beware of the BOGUS, INFLATED law school salary/job stats given out by >law schools< (AND by the U.S. Bureau of Labor)!!***<<<<< If you don't believe me, then: **Check out these websites: http://informeddecisionmaking.blogspot.com http://calicocat.com/2004/08/law-school-big-lie.html http://abajournal.com/news/triplt_bad_news_for_law_students_three_firms_aX_summer_associate_programs/ http://abajournal.com/news/as_rio_tinto_saves_millions_other_corps_will_outsource_too_counsel_says/ http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2009/02/03/dont-try-to-dodge-the-recession-with-grad-school/ http://lawschoolscam.blogspot.com http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/02/another-view-lock-the-law-school-doors/?ref=business http://media.www.dailyorange.com/media/storage/paper522/news/2009/09/15/News/Law-Students.Face.Tough.Job.Market-3771810.shtml http://thirdtierreality.blogspot.com/ >>>>>>>http://beingaparalegalsucks.blogspot.com/
    (A link to a website does not constitute endorsement.)
    **do a SEARCH here on Yahoo Answers to see what other posters are saying about the current status of the field of Law. Call some local law firms – ask to speak to the Manager of Human Resources – ask them if they are hiring; ask them what they think about future job availability in the field of Law………………
    **Do “informational interviews” with several paralegals from at least two or three different firms. (You can find how to do “informational interviews” from your local Public Library – ask the Librarian.) Interviewing employed paralegals would be is a time-efficient and extremely beneficial way of discovering if law is the right vocational field for you. Talk to a few Human Resource Managers who work at employers in the field of Law. Ask them what their opinion is on future job availability for the field of Law. Ask them if they have any current open positions. Ask them how many resumes they receive when they advertise ONE open position. (It is ususally approximately 300 resumes are received for each open position advertised.) If you personally know an employed paralegal, set up a time with them to do an “informational interview” to ask them about their career. Talk to many paralegals. Better yet, spend an entire day with one of them while “job-shadowing”.
    **Talk to recent graduates. Ask them what success they are having finding employment opportunities. < <<<<<<< If you want a JOB when you are done with your studies, consider and look into the fields of: >>>Healthcare, Information Technology, Human Resources, Law ENFORCEMENT, environmentalism, emergency planning, accounting, education, entertainment, utilities, home-car-commercial-industrial repairs, vice industries, clergy, and/or debt collection. I spoke to a career counselor from Jobs and Family Services, and HE told me that these areas are where the jobs are, and future job opportunities/availability….and scholarships.

    There are MANY issues of working in the vocational field of Law. My answer is an attempt to give you a realistic way of looking at this career, and I have told you things that most will not tell you about the profession – at first. Be careful, do your research, and have your eyes open wide.

    Good luck.

    (This is based on my current knowledge, information, belief, and life experiences. This was intended as personal opinion, and not intended to be used as legal advice. Please be careful and do your research.<<< You DID ask the question here on Y/A. I am just trying to help you.)

  2. Prorkycake Says:

    I thought I answered this question, but maybe not.

    I always encourage people to do what they love. If you do not have a respect of love for the law, then being a paralegal will not suit you.

    I’ve said it once, and I will say it again, the first poster’s advice is inaccurate. As a paralegal in a construction litigation firm, almost everything that person had to post has nothing to do with paralegals. If you are an individual with any kind of reasoning ability, think of it this way. Lawyers can’t just disappear and the workload is never going to let up despite the economy. Larger firms are cutting back but hiring paralegals instead of attorneys. They can hire 2-3 paralegals on one attorney salary and benefit from that. To argue against this logic is just ignorant.

    I always suggest becoming a member of your local and state paralegal associations. These individuals can help you become a successful part of the career field. At the least, you will require an associate’s degree to find a worthwhile firm to hire you. Decide early on what type of law you’d like to be involved in. This is key to your happiness in the career. I didn’t want to do family law. It’s ugly and there is a lot of drama. I would probably hate my career if I was working in a family law office. I took the time to find a setting that suited me. I work in a small 3 attorney firm. We wear blue jeans and t-shirts and treat our clients like family. They support my education and they are fun to work with. Like any career you chose, it should be what YOU love. Not what some disgruntled person is trying to discourage you from.

    I find it appalling that someone would answer people’s questions with doom and gloom and that people actually applaud their ignorance. I am surrounded by many happy paralegals that love their jobs and we in no way see this field as “vocational” or a dead end. The only dead end is accepting disgruntled people’s view as the truth. Your career is what you make it and what you put into it.

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