by Jinryu

It’s sunday evening in Australia and things are going good.  Life in general I mean is just going really so much better than a month ago.  That probably explains why I haven’t been blogging as much as I usually do unfortunately, because I’m to busy doing things to sit down and write.



The only problem is that my current work schedule makes it almost impossible for me to do any judo.  I guess that’s not a terrible thing since my left knee is still a bit crook, but it would be nice to get some consistent exercise in somehow. I think maybe once my contract with the new job is over and I settle in as a solicitor, I’ll start biking to the CBD everyday to shed the pounds.




I don’t know if I mentioned this, but my boss at the firm basically offered me a permanent position.  After I’m qualified as a solicitor in about October, I’ll have a solicitor’s position waiting for me.  That’s basically all that I needed– I needed a professional means of supporting myself.  Spending over $100k on a law degree means that I need a lawyer’s job to pay off my debts, as well as finally start getting to the family stuff that I’ve always wanted to with [CM].

The employment law firm I work at is great.  The boss is really open with us, and I feel that there’s an opportunity to talk about everything and anything (when time permits anyhow).  This means that I have really flexible work arrangements– convenient for someone who is partnered to a  med student.  It means that I can head to work whenever I want (I have the keys) and log in my 7 or so hours.  I can flex it mostly.

I’m at a point in my life where the quality of the work and the work environment is more impoartant to me than the pay, so I really lucked out in nailing this job.  Looking back at the posts from 6 months ago when I first started working here, there was a lot of apprehensiveness in my life about not knowing where this work would lead, and if spending all my time at a small firm as a paralegal might be a bad career move.  TUrns out that it paid off to spend the time here, actively engaging and helping to build up the practice.


I was told last week that I should start having a think of the terms to put in my employment contract.  I mean, as an employment law paralegal who is going to be a fully fledged trainee solicitor in a few months, I guess writing my own employment contract is a pretty good way to start?




The timing of it all is a bit strange, but I guess I can’t complain too much.  My boss at the employment law firm basically told me that she wanted me on the team permanently– but basically, this offer came after I accepted a 3-day per week job at the educational institution in the CEO’s personal assistant role.  I guess basically there were a lot of assumptions made on both our parts– I assumed that the frim was too small to hire me, and the boss assumed that I knew that there was a spot for me.  So it was only after I told her that I was reducing my availability to 2 days per week because of a 3 month project with the educational institution that I guess it was a bit of a wake up call for us to make formal communications.

Until now, I have been a casual worker– which in Australian terms means that you can be basically terminated without any notice.  We had an agreement that I would be working at least 2 days per week, which is why I signed on for 3 months of 3 days per week with the educaitonal institute.


Anyway, the work for the educational institute is interesting stuff– well, at least I hope it will be. I start my first day tomorrow.


Tonight, I’ll have to read up on teh company– I’ve got a binder of literally over 200 pages of annual reports, project outlines, and all sorts of other business-y things that I don’t eve know what they are– I’m not a commercially trained person after all.  And that’s the whole point of this experience.


More on this after I’ve worked a few days there.