Monday, December 22, 2008

Faltering Economy Attracts More to Paralegal Careers

As if the news of law firm layoffs isn't enough, the paralegal job market is going to be even tighter as more adults look into paralegal careers.

In Norcross, Georgia, Avaya is closing their plant and call center (and moving the jobs to India and Canada), leaving 120 people unemployed. Serita Tinsley saw the layoffs coming and became certified as a paralegal (did she take the NALA exam? or did she just get a paralegal certificate?).

Flora Schmidt of Mineola, New York, spent 30 years as a registered nurse. After taking computer courses, she hopes to land a nursing paralegal job with her new computer skills. After putting two sons through college, the 73-year-old needs a part time job to make ends meet.

These are just two of many adults beginning second careers or searching for work in an already faltering economy. The market will only get tighter before it gets better.

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