No experience is wasted and it is true.
Life is a learning process and elevation is available to the person who is ready to pursue it. To get to your next level, expect to learn new things. Do not be afraid to learn.
Often I encounter people who expect me to be practicing law and also surprised that I am well versed in information technology, programming, analytics and several aspects of digital business.
In the past, I was somewhat taken aback by their questions because I thought: “What is wrong with knowing about technology even if you work in the legal profession? What’s the issue? Are lawyers supposed to just face one thing and live miserable lives?”
As I got older and matured, it did not bother me. What I thought was a deficiency in my career was actually a blessing.
I knew the law and I knew how to code (and I still do). Many people don’t.
I even wrote about my experience at a job interview where the hiring did not believe that it was possible to be well-versed in different fields. Click here for that story.
In this life, you must be who God created you to be and not be bothered about what people think.
If you consistently worry about human beings’ perception of you, disappointment will constantly accompany you. Who needs that, especially now?
I sought a way to merge all my knowledge and expertise together. I knew my experience had purpose and someday it would show up. One day I stumbled across a data privacy certification. I looked into it and I said to myself, “This is what I do already and I just need to take it one step further.” I studied for it, took the test, passed and became a Certified Information Privacy Professional.
As I advanced in the field, it dawned on me that I had something that many people in the legal profession did not have – extensive technological experience. Front end web programming. Backend systems testing. Project management. Data analytics.
I already knew how to dig into massive data to retrieve important information. I already had the legal experience working as a contract attorney in big law firms New York City. I had the Fortune 500 IT experience across several countries in Europe.
I must say that I am very blessed and I do not take the grace of God upon my life for granted. Now, as a data privacy consultant, in situations where other professionals may become stuck trying to decipher some tech issues, I jump right in because of my background.
If you are thinking that what you studied in college does not apply to your current profession, think again. At some point in your life, you will see that it is connected and you will be very grateful for doing it.
If you are at crossroads right now and not sure of which way to turn in your career, sit back, get out a piece of paper and write down every experience that you have, what you are passionate about and see how you can connect the two.
There is nothing new under the sun. You are not alone because there are many people who are also in the same boat. The experience you have already has prepared you for such a time as this. Click here to see how law school prepared me for the tech industry.
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