Author Archives: Florida Coastal School of Law

Using the Occupational Outlook Handbook in Your Alternative Career Search

The Occupational Outlook Handbook (“OOH”) is a fabulous resource for exploring career options.  Along with presenting detailed information on employment projections for hundreds of careers, the OOH provides summaries of the career field, work environment, training and qualifications, average salaries, related occupations, and professional organizations.  Ever thought about writing or editing?  Go to the OOH first to find out the latest trends in fields employing writers.  Just starting your career search and wondering what areas have the best prospects for job growth?  Go to the OOH Overview to discover that the number of compliance officer jobs is expected to increase and the employment services industry is expected to have large growth, but that you should stay away from jobs in textile production.  To check it out click here.

Have You Found Your Path? Will You Take It?

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
– exerpt taken from Robert Frost: The Road Not Taken

Each person has a unique set of abilities, talents and passions.  I hope that this blog will help you to discover yours and use them in a way that helps to make your life richer – even if that means taking a different path than your law school classmates. 

In order to find your path, you need to know what makes you unique.  Have you done the self-analysis necessary to know what makes you unique?  (If not, don’t worry – in coming blog posts we’ll explore how to do this.) 

If you are unhappy in your chosen career, the feelings will be there whether you acknowlege them or not.  So you might as well deal with the mushy stuff now.  Discover what you love, what you hate, and what you can’t live without.  Find the difference between what you think you should want and what you actually want.  Learn how to make that vision you have become a reality.

There is not just one road to a fulfilling life.  You may have to take some twists, turns and re-routes to find it.  And what brought you fulfillment at one time in your life may, for whatever reason, no longer work for you.  No two paths will ever be the same.  So do not ever copy someone else’s; rather, learn from everyone’s and make your own.  And that will make all the difference!

Launch of the Alternative Careers Blog!

WELCOME to the Alternative Legal Careers Blog!  The purpose of this blog is to explore the wide world of non-traditional legal careers. 

An alternative or non-traditional legal career is any career that someone with a JD can pursue other than a lawyer in a law firm, public interest or government setting.  That means all other careers out there!  WOW – that’s a lot to explore!! 

Be sure to subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss any valuable information.  Here are some of the topics this blog will cover:

  • In-depth look at various non-traditional legal careers.
  • Exploring whether an alternative legal career is right for you.
  • Steps to identify and pursue the right alternative legal career for you.
  • Updates on FCSL’s resources to assist in your non-traditional career search.