Hi folks, I'd like to preface this that while you can't tell me what is for me, I would appreciate some of insights especially from those who have been in my position or are knowledgable on it.
Just graduated from university and I am trying to decide what to do with my life. I have a law degree from a Dublin University and I'm working part time doing basic admin for a medium sized Dublin law firm.
I am trying to decide on a career. At the minute I am considering becoming a solicitor as that is what is closely related to my degree and I am also considering an accountancy/business management role.
I am hoping to work abroad for a few years for a few years and I am not sure would qualifying as a solicitor allow me to move from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and successfully find a job. Coupled with that, it seems to be a much smaller jobs market and I have yet to meet a solicitor who says they are happy with their job, generally because of the high pressure and listening to people's misery all day.
I know I am cut out for the job but I would welcome your insights.
The main attraction to accountancy for me is that it is a respected and diverse field, accessible to non accountancy graduates, and I know many law degree holders have decided to enter the field. While money is not a massive motivator, it is a nice finish on both careers. The larger jobs market and potential for travel is a big incentive for me. If I was to convert to this area, I would complete the MSc Management (Business) in DCU, which can give up to 8 exemptions for the CIMA exams.
The only thing scaring me away from accountancy is that I worry I may not be cut out for it. I was not strong at maths at all in school, achieving only a B1 at ordinary level maths in the Leaving Certificate. I wasn't a fan of it in my Junior Cert, but only because I couldn't do it because I was lazy (since changed) and didn't know how to do it because I just wouldn't listen. When I could do it, I was fine with it.
Is there any Boardsies out there with a law degree who became accountants? Or vice versa? I'd really appreciate the insights of anyone who works in any field or the opinions of graduates. If you have a law degree and ended up in a totally different career, I'd welcome your opinion too.