Sep 21, 2011

Ask Amy: Changing Careers

By: Amy Atlas, in Ask Amy


Hi Amy,?? I am a law student in New York City but have a love for event planning.  Do you feel that your law background has helped your business grow?  If so, in what ways??? Thank you.


Ashley, This is a question I often get. You wouldn’t believe how many emails I get from women {and some men} who are looking to change directions in their careers.  Many of these people are looking to make the move into a creative business. I’ve received a few hundred emails from lawyers alone!  Many have expressed their concern about whether their former experiences and education would be for naught. I am a firm believer that no matter what field you are leaving, your past experiences will help shape your next career. As a lawyer, I’ve found contract experience to be particularly helpful in my business. I’m busy looking at several per week, even with the help of specialty lawyers that I employ. Trademark and copyright issues also come up. Even though my field is completely different now, the skills I’ve learned from my former career help me ALL the time.  I hope this helps, Ashley!


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