“Will People Think I'm Crazy?”

Yasmin knows that criminal law is no longer for her, but she's scared of what people will think if she quits to pursue a very different career. How can she break free of the opinions of others?

What's your career history and current job?

I've worked in criminal law for 12 years.

How do you feel about your work?

I feel like I'm masquerading as someone else.

I went into law on the advice of my family. As a soon-to-be university student, I was stuck for ideas on what to study and law seemed like a sensible move. It's well respected, well paid… But I became aware soon after qualifying that this line of work wasn't for me.

What would you like to be doing instead?

I'm almost embarrassed to write this (and I think that's symptomatic of the problem I have), but I'm really interested in interior design.

What's the biggest obstacle in your way?

I'm feeling really trapped by the idea that people won't respect me if I leave law to pursue interiors.

I mentioned it once to my father, who laughed out loud at the idea of 'leaving the law to fluff pillows and wave tester pots of paint around'.

My line of work is well thought of, and I feel like people will stop taking me seriously if I talk too much about making the move, or if I do it and fail.

Can you help Yasmin?

  • Have you been in a similar situation, or are you in the same boat right now?
  • What can she do to combat her fear of what people will think?
  • Do you know anyone she could talk to?

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