Help! I’m trapped in a paralegal niche

Twice a week we publish problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremy advice column in the Saturday Guardian so that readers can offer their own advice and suggestions. We then print the best of your comments alongside Jeremy’s own insights. Here is the latest dilemma – what are your thoughts?

I feel very old – I’m going to be 30 next year and don’t feel I have a proper career path.

I have been working as a paralegal in a very small niche law firm for nearly six years. I have a law degree and completed the LPC but unfortunately my academic results were not strong enough for me to initially obtain a training contract.

I now feel trapped by my job even though I have been made part-time and work three days. The law field I work in is fairly specialist and as all my experience is in this field, I only get interviews for paralegal work in this sector.

Unfortunately I have had only a handful of interviews over the past two years of job searching. I did once get down to the final three applicants and had three interviews before being rejected, which has left me downhearted.

Is there anything else I can do besides scanning new job adverts every day and signing up with numerous recruitment agencies?

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