My next interview subject is “Pearlman,” a jobless 3L with government and private sector experience who is now pinning her hopes on the public sector.
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Pearlman: Med school didn't work out, so I tried being a paralegal after I graduated college and it seemed like it might be a good fit.
Brian: Can you give me a brief rundown of the jobs you've had in law school or the route(s) you've pursued?
Pearlman: During my first summer I worked at the California Chamber of Commerce, my second summer I worked at a private firm that took on plaintiffs' securities class action suits. This year, I've externed at the AG's office and am now at a local state courthouse.
Brian: Why haven't these worked out? (i.e. Why don't you have a job now?)
Pearlman: Well, I'm still hoping the AG might work out, but I can't apply until after I graduate. I didn't get an offer from my job this past summer, but I wasn't that surprised. Going in they told us that they would only offer jobs to one or two people, and they did just that. Would have been nice to get an offer, though, of course.
Brian: Are you depressed/discouraged yet? Do you feel like it's the economy's fault and not yours?
Pearlman: I'm sometimes depressed, always discouraged. I totally blame the economy because that's easier, but sometimes I wish I had made different decisions that would have given me better job prospects now.
Read the rest of Dawes' interview, in which she talks about while she'll likely "go government" or "get creative," after the jump.