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Adele Burleson
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Honestly I did not think that I would be back on this board, well at least, not unemployed. What I thought was a dream job ended up being the same as the previous jobs. It's okay. People will be people and jobs, come a dime a dozen, right? (Sarcasm intended).
While yet, I truly enjoyed my profession it was a miracle that I had received that position because what the community colleges did not tell their students before they enrolled happily (sarcasm again) is that for a paralegal position the Associates of Applied Science will not be enough. Now, most paralegal positions out there or almost ALL (capitalization for emphasis) paralegal position will want NOT ONLY experience, NOT ONLY a Bachelor's degree but also that a paralegal to be CERTIFIED (more money and more education on the stuff you just learned). That Associates Degree that you were lead to believe would be enough, is NOT.
Laugh it off, cry, yell, scream, or do whatever you have to do (as long as it is most definitely LEGAL) then, pick yourself off the floor, dust yourself off, wash your face, and get yourself back into college to earn that Bachelor's (which ever type of Bachelor's degree you choose) degree because I can almost guarantee you by the time you graduate with your Bachelor's Degree that neither will be enough. However, I won't promise that. I laugh as I say this because we spend $20,000.00 and more LOTS more in students loans to get an education only to find out we will need MORE. Do you feel better now?
Word to the young yuppies just graduating out there from High School, and headed to a community college, get your act cleaned up, and spit spot, from your high school days because if you haven't already realized this you will be packing it up and packing it in for at least 4 - 6 years. And if, you intend to go to Law School pack it up for 6 - 8 years, kiss your social life Goodbye and hug that part- time job (or full time), hug those those books because those will be your companion, your lover, your friend, your comrade, your drinking buddy, your social buddy UNTIL you have completely finished with ALL the required education for the professional job you are seeking. Think I'm kidding? HA!
Enjoy the road trip. I am right there with you. The only difference between you and I is, you are just starting out fresh and young as "Spring chickens" as some call it. While, I am starting out, well, does grandma ring a bell?. lol

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William Morrow
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I had my bachelors degree when I decided to get my paralegal certificate from a local cc. Most employers do want experience, but i find if you start out in personal injury they don't require experience, just good customer service skills, this is how I got my start as a paralegal, and it spring boarded me to new better opportunities. Just a thought.

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Matt Bornhorst
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Hi Adele Dodd - welcome back to the community! While I am sad to hear about the circumstances that brought you back, it's good to have you here.

This part of your conversation "Laugh it off, cry, yell, scream, or do whatever you have to do (as long as it is most definitely LEGAL) then, pick yourself off the floor, dust yourself off, wash your face, and get yourself back" is so raw and perfect to tell to anyone who is frustrated with the job search. Thank you for sharing it.

I did a quick search for paralegal jobs in your area. I hope it helps!

The community is here for you Adele. We're in your corner!

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