Tag Archives: Alternative Careers

Updated Guide to Alternative Career Resources

think outside the boxCheck out the CSD’s updated Guide to Alternative Career Resources!  Students and alumni can access the guide in Symplicity under the Document Library tab!  This comprehensive guide includes links to job banks, industry-specific resources, and professional associations organized by industry, including business, healthcare, and nonprofits (just to name a few).

If you are thinking about pursuing an alternative career, a Career Services Counselor can work with you to develop a customized job search plan.  Call 904.680.7744 to schedule an appointment today!

Alternative Careers Panel

Save the date!  On Tuesday, October 2nd, the Career Services Department is hosting an Alternative Careers Panel from 12pm to 1:15pm in Room 550.  If you are interested in learning about alternative legal careers, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to explore alternative career options and learn how to position yourself for an alternative career.  Our esteemed panel of professionals all hold JD degrees and have pursued careers outside the traditional practice of law. 

 The panel will include:

  • Kiel Gross – Shands Jacksonville, Business Manager, Clinical & Ancillary Services
  • Tiffany Holbrook – BB&T Wealth Management, VP, Personal Trust Specialist
  • Millie Kanyar – Watson Realty, Florida Real Estate Broker
  • C.J. Pipins – Florida Coastal School of Law, Law Librarian
  • Tara J. Showalter, CFP, CRPC – Waddell & Reed, Inc., Managing Principal
  • Thomas C. Wigand – JEA, Labor Relations Coordinator

Lunch will be provided.  R.S.V.P. today on Symplicity.

Alternative Career Resources

Welcome back students!  Now that your first week of classes is behind you and you are settling into the Fall semester, it’s never too early to start thinking about your career options.  Everyone will follow a unique career path, and if you are one of the many law students who are curious about alternatives to the traditional practice of law, the Document Library in Symplicity is a great place to start.  You will find a comprehensive listing of resources to get you started as well as videos of past Alternative Careers panel presentations at Florida Coastal.  And if you find yourself overwhelmed by the possibilities (because they really are endless), make an appointment with a CSD counselor to develop customized goals and strategies for your career development.  There are lawyers working in almost every industry imaginable.  Just think, both of the current Presidential candidates are lawyers, so if you are considering an alternative career, you’re certainly in good company! 

Continue to follow the Alternative Careers Blog to stay up to date on the latest information and events.  I will spotlight alternative careers for JDs, profile Coastal alumni who are pursuing alternative careers, and keep you posted on upcoming educational and networking events relating to alternative careers.  I will leave you today with the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Career Self-Assessment

Are you interested in pursuing an alternative legal career, but not sure where to start?  Trying to navigate through all of the available resources can leave you more confused than you were when you started.  There are a number of valuable resources available to assist lawyers and law students who are looking for an alternative to the traditional practice of law, but before you dive into the online abyss, consider starting with a self-assessment, which will provide you with a better understanding of your individual aptitudes and interests.  Then schedule an appointment with a career services counselor who can assist you with creating a strategic job search plan based on the results of your self-assessment.  Check out the Riley Guide for a listing of career self-assessment tools, and send me feedback on your experience using the various self-assessments offered online.  You can email me at afourman@fcsl.edu.  Remember, the CSD is open all summer, and we look forward to working with you!

Interested in an alternative career?

Click here to watch the Alternative Careers for Lawyers panel discussion presented by the New York State Bar Association highlighting the career paths of four lawyers in successful alternative careers.  The panelists include a lawyer specializing in Business and Legal Affairs for MTV; the President of Nicholas & Lence Communications, a strategic communications, marketing, and government affairs firm; the Director of Sales Operations for Bloomberg Law; and the Chief Compliance Officer for Calypso Capital Management.  The panelists discuss the paths that led them to their alternative careers and offer unique insight into opportunities within their respective industries.  The panel is moderated by Hillary Mantis, Esq., author of Alternative Careers for Lawyers, which is available in the CSD Library.

Interested in a Broadcasting Career?

Are you interested in a career in the broadcasting industry?  The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Education Foundation will host its annual spring Career Fair during the NAB Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. 

The Career Fair provides an excellent opportunity for media companies to network with students and entry-level job seekers interested in a career in the broadcast industry.  In addition to a variety of media recruiters, the Career Fair includes a series of informative sessions, and one-on-one career coaching.

For more information or to register for the Career Fair, click here.

Alternative Careers on Symplicty

Looking for an alternative career?  Have you looked on Symplicity lately?  Right now the following positions are posted on Symplicity:

  • Litigation Case Manager: Litigation Case Manager supports our litigation team of four attorneys with heavy document drafting, conducting discovery, and interacting with clients.
  • Lease Administrator: Lease Administrator will negotiate and prepare commercial real estate leases and other legal documents, oversee litigation and defaults/evictions. Responsibilities include responding to discovery requests, follow-up on landlord/tenant issues, maintenance of litigation logs, and maintaining contact with outside counsel. Manages negotiations directly with tenants and their attorneys and administers the lease production process.
  • Associate Professor: Professor will teach paralegal courses in ABA approved Paralegal Studies program, coordinate internships and serve as adviser for the Paralegal Student Association.

Log onto your Symplicity Account to get more information and to apply to any of these positions!