My Biggest Career Fear: I am an Accidental Lawyer and I don’t Want to Die in this Accident (+ Networking Fears and Advice)

My one and only dream ever since I was in 9th standard was to become an aerospace engineer.

My dream plan – study and get superbly amazing marks in 12th standard, crack ISAT and get into IIST, IIST to ISRO, ISRO to NASA and probably getting a Nobel prize in physics !

I gave twelve engineering exams and trust me on the fact that my most dedicated attempt, till date, was when I was attempting my ISAT.

I travelled the entire country to give engineering examinations and so in the process, I met this guy on the train who was going to Pune to seek admission in Bhartiya Vidyapeeth (law faculty).

We discussed as to what we wanted to do in life, I said “Engineering Dude !!” and he came up with this very weird thing called “IPR”. He told me about whatever he had researched, related to intellectual property rights. I found it pretty interesting.

We got off the train, topic over, I wished him luck with law and he wished me luck with engineering.

Four months later, the same guy contacts me over Facebook and asks me “ Hey! Hows your engineering going?” and I go like “Engineering! haha! Am doing law dude!”

What led to the above situation is as follows: despite giving 12 engineering exams, none of them secured me aerospace engineering.

And my ISAT score, well, don’t even ask ! Hence I started panicking and filled up all sorts of forms, everything, from B.A to B.Com to Law. B.A and B.Com were still fine…but law , I had never even thought about it, never ever.Law was never an option.

Hence, I genuinely wanted to screw up the one and only law exam that I gave. Despite knowing that there was negative marking for every wrong answer, I marked the answer for each and every question! And as luck (or bad luck) would have it, I got selected and my attempt to “not get selected” went absolutely futile.

And here I was, in a law college, having absolutely no clue as to what I was doing here.

I am in second year now, and trust me, the situation is still the same. I can intern, I can moot, I can do anything and everything to build my CV and secure a job.

But that is not the point here. Point is, do I have any interest in law? Even if i get a job (which I know I wont) and work for 18 hours a day, would I be happy doing it ?

Anyways, this can be thought about once I do get a job. Reasons as to why I think that getting a job is gonna be a humongous task, read on:

networking in law school

Apparently, networking plays a very important role in law. You make contacts, become friends with your seniors, become friends with your co interns and later use these contacts in getting a job.

So, what about a person like me who doesn’t believe in the concept of networking? Who finds this concept absolutely shallow? If you wanna get a job, why not get it on your “own” merit rather than using “jugaad”?

Since I have no idea whether my interest actually lies in law or I am studying it just because I am in a law college, my mind keeps wandering elsewhere.

As of now, the options that I am considering are as follows:

1. I can join the army after completing my third year or the fifth year (or)

2. I can give CAT and pursue M.B.A after my third year or the fifth year (or)

3. I can pursue a course in event management (or)

4. I can work full time with an NGO (or)

5. I can pursue journalism (or)

6. My newest option ! I can become a lecturer !

God only knows where I’ll end up!

Editor’s note:

You’ve got a very narrow, and I am sorry to say, wrong notion of what ‘networking’ is.

Networking is not just about ‘making contacts’ and boot-licking the seniors.

Helping people out is the best way to network. Think of networking as being ‘professionally friendly’: helping each other out with career.

Generally there is a specific personality type which is not comfortable with ‘networking’. Not everyone should be or can be a lively extrovert. Introverts too have their own powers. And they ways an introvert and an extrovert ‘networks’ are differently.

I mean, introverts too can network.

Networking is not jugaad, it’s ‘connecting’ and there is a whole lot of ‘merit’ in that.

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  1. I study in an NLU (top 4). I have a similar story, the only difference being that law as a subject fascinates me and I willingly took up law after 12th. But I have to say that the author’s views about networking or jugaad being indispensable to the profession are fully justified. My experience till now has not been good frankly, and law as a profession will always remain in the lowest echelons in our country due to the unprofessional concept of ‘jugaad’. Author, you are not alone. I have fixed my goal to do an MBA from a top institute where hopefully professionalism will help me bag jobs on the basis of my merit. We also have the options of doing CA/CS alongside our law degree that’ll help us escape the profession in which we find ourselves trapped.
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  2. and who told you that you can get a job thru jugaad ? kidding me ? u think those guys doing internship thru jugaad will get a job thru jugaad ? ….. lol….. jugaad internship me hoti h job me nhi…. author u gotta learn a lot.. n seems lyk u r just nt willing to learn in ur lyf, thats the prob buddy ;)…. u go, n do mba :P….

  3. I completely agree with the editor. In my initial yrs of law school I was so uncomfortable with networking. I was very introvert.

    Then I voluntarily started helping people, seniors, juniors, batchmates, evn ppl frm othr clgs. N today all these ppl voluntarily help and tell me whenever there is a vacancy for an intern, some hv evn been so grateful to me and tried to get me internships and helped me in whatever possible way they could.

    Author, just come out of ur dream. u dunno what reality is. hard wrk pays, watevr be the profession.

  4. Ribery for Ballon D'or says:

    Dear Editor,

    Networking is jugaad.

    Yours sincerely,
    Reality.

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