OK so goodish news, accompanied by pictures of porridge.
For anyone who cares or who has been following my blog long enough to kow, I have been a bit out of work lately (read: fkn YEARS). Last year, I had started doing administrative work three days a week until the end of my contract in July 2017. Since then, I had only been doing this admin work on Fridays only.
Well, as of early November I have also been working Thursday but as a Solicitor.
This is exciting for me because (in addition to another day’s pay, dudes, and at a much higher rate) it is the first time I have actually been paid for my services as a Lawyer (again, albeit only one day a week).
Up until now and since my Supreme Court admission in 2014, I have had about two/three years of pro-bono lawyering and a year of administrative work. My unemployment has been long and arduous…. but i’m starting to believe things could keep getting a bit better, even if slowly!
It has been very dispiriting, having job interviews where they are miffed by my doing admin work and not lawyer work for the past year (but I gotta make a dollar, guys). It was not what I expected when I started my studies – after nearly seven years of studying and almost $100K in debt, I went straight into unemployment and never felt that I was good enough to be paid for the services I had been trained for. It has not been the most fun, and my already low self-esteem plummeted. But this new contract goes until July 2018, with the option to increase hours where they come up, so who knows. I’m hoping that this time next year I will be jealous of the free time my past-self has.
For anyone wanting to know where I work, I won’t disclose. What I will say is that it is a Community Legal Centre, where I will be working with women who have experience with family/domestic violence. The clientele are exclusively Aboriginal women. If you aren’t from Australia (and hell, even if you are) you may not know that Aboriginal women in this country experience family violence at a much higher rate than white women – something like 35x the rate. There are a lot of complex issues that I look forward to learning more about!
Hope life is treating all my readers well! And has anyone else been trapped in a cycle of unemployment (the old “you need experience” quote from everyone who won’t actually give you experience).
BRB just updating my LinkedIn!!