Today is a date I remember really well. Its an anniversary of sorts. Seven years ago today, I started my journey at the firm and my journey in the legal profession as well.
Looking back to what was going on seven years ago...
I had just lost my first "real" job. I worked for a non-profit agency that was funded through state funds. Our funding was given to another entity and we all lost our jobs with only about a month's notice.
I began scouring the want ads in the local paper. My skill set was still somewhat limited to typing and answering the phones, but I sent resumes and cover letters in to anything I thought I was qualified for.
I was living with NayeNaye and Pap at the time and they were keeping their eyes and ears open, too. One night, Pap showed me an ad in the paper for a legal secretary. At first, I attempted to shrug it off. I wasn't qualified. I didn't know anything about the law or legal work. But then Pap said, "What have you got to lose, right?"
I applied for the job and promptly forgot about it. As a matter of fact, I couldn't tell you how long it was between when I applied and when I received a call for an interview. I can remember showing up for the interview with long, bleached and dead blond hair and a plain black pantsuit.
After the interview, I wasn't very encouraged because at this point I still didn't think I would ever qualify for the position.
I got a call the following Friday from the partner I interviewed with offering me the position and asking me to start the following Monday. I negotiated a start day of Wednesday and the rest is history. I still remember the look on my aunt's face expectantly waiting for me to wrap up the phone call so I could tell her the good news.
The following Wednesday, August 17, 2005, I started my legal career (as a redhead). I began to discover that it really was what I wanted to be doing.
In January, 2006, I started going back to school for my paralegal degree.
In August of 2007, my job title changed to paralegal.
In December, 2008, I graduated summa cum laude with my degree.
In May of this year, I became a Certified Kentucky Paralegal.
I can't wait to see what the future holds. Law school?!? :)