Is it normal to experience these thoughts at this stage?
After a law degree, LPC, training contract and four years PQE at City firms, I just want out. I feel ashamed and lonely for having these thoughts. It may be something to do with turning 30 this year, but I can't see myself spending another decade in this industry.
Ever since I started my TC six years ago, I have found the work meaningless and administrative. I tried moving firms but it hasn't felt like the right fit and the same feelings always came back to me - I either feel very stressed, depressed or bored out my mind. I've never been able to get excited about law. I can't complain about the wonderful start this career gives you and the good money at an early age. But I qualified into a really niche area which isn't transferable and I feel trapped and burnt out. I can't imagine spending decades ahead at a desk in London doing this. I've never been able to see myself stay long enough to become senior associate / partner.
I've therefore been seriously thinking about taking a part-time associate role to just get some breathing space to pursue other interests on the side and think about what I really want to do with the rest of my life e.g. go back to school (part time as I wouldn't be able to afford taking a year out) and wondered whether any one has had similar experiences / whether this is unheard of at this stage of a legal career? I'm just wondering whether making another move and into a part time role would be career suicide or would be negatively viewed by peers / colleagues. I am at the point of unhappiness where I just do not want to do this full time anymore but don't have many other options.
Just feel like it's pretty taboo to come out as not loving this profession at such a junior stage.