What The Muslim Wants (Career-Wise)

The idea job for me would be to have to read something or talk to somebody, and then write about it.  That’s it.

I chose paralegal because I figured that’s what it would be – either I interview somebody directly, or I’m told to do research to find cases relevant to a given fact scenario, and then write the appropriate response, be it a letter or report or legal document, like a complaint or a memo.  That was what I wanted to do.

The problem is, the terms “paralegal” or “legal assistant” refers to just about any legal task.  Paralegals sometimes assemble exhibits and track them for a given litigation.  Sometimes they find a way to display them nicely.  Sometimes they do what I just did for my most recent temporary assignment – they photograph thousands of documents for a class action lawsuit.  To me, these latter tasks are boring, and not what I wanted to do.  They either don’t require brainpower, or require detail orientation, or they require visual creativity that I don’t have.  I don’t want any of that.  I want to read or listen, speak, and write.  And I can’t seem to be able to do that for a living.  If I reviewed movies or TV shows or radio shows or politics or the like and got paid for it, I’d be in heaven.  If I had to read and summarize things or question people and then write about it, I’d be in heaven.  But I just can’t seem to find or get those jobs.

And I don’t know what to do.

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