Friday, May 30, 2014
Four years ago next month, I graduated summa cum laude with my AA in Paralegal Studies. I am more proud of that than my BA in English that I earned years ago. I put a lot more into this degree and was sure it was my ticket to financial success, career satisfaction etc.
During the intervening four years, I have changed jobs at the same company several times and have had several bosses. My latest is a fantastic man, a wonderful manager and, from what I can tell, a very good lawyer. We've known each other since February 2001. Today was my last day as his direct report. He's not leaving and neither am I. I learned late yesterday that I am being transferred from the "legal department" per se to the "international legal and compliance department" without moving my desk or anything. My new boss, starting Monday, is one of the two attorneys in the international legal team. I am his first employee to manage and we are both very surprised by this change. He's a step lower on the org chart than Kevin was and that adds t the weirdness. York is from Taiwan and has that stereotypical attitude about place and everything else. I've known York almost as long as I have known Kevin, but we have not worked together for extended periods of time.
Our GC likes to "stretch" people, so York is a first time people manager and I now have the long-desired, long awaited and earned promotion to Paralegal. I have been working as a paralegal under the supervision of the attorneys that I support, but I now finally have the title.
Kevin always said, "be careful what you wish for" and I am living it in spades. I miss working with Kevin already! At the same time, I am excited at the opportunity to learn new things.