Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

8 of 11
BACKNEXT
Alan Kennedy-Shaffer - Employed (temporarily)
Alan Kennedy-Shaffer - Employed (temporarily)
School: College of William and Mary
Major: J.D. (Law)
Current town: Mechanicsburg, PA
Salary: $360/week
Age: 25

I'm beginning a 10-week fellowship in Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell's press office, and I took the bar exam this month, but I have no idea what will happen.

I'm starting to think way outside the box; I've been talking to recruiters for the Coast Guard about the Judge Advocate General's Corps. But even if that works out I still want to keep my foot in the door for a civilian law job.

I worked hard to get into law school, and I had hoped to become a lawyer for the state of Pennsylvania. But like everywhere, they're having major problems that led to a hiring freeze. It's forced me to come up with a new plan and think more broadly about career options.

I'd hoped to work in the public sector -- at a nonprofit or the ACLU -- but everyone is feeling the squeeze.

It's been tough, but I'm generally idealistic and optimistic overall. I did work for the Obama campaign, and I'm hopeful he can turn things around soon. But I know it might take a while.

NEXT: Lisa Samples - Employed

Last updated September 04 2009: 12:17 PM ET
Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
 
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
More Galleries
The Obama economy in 10 charts President Obama came to office in January 2009 in the midst of the Great Recession. Much has turned around since then, but he's been criticized for a slow recovery. More
Best Jobs in America CNNMoney/PayScale's top 100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work. More
Top-paying jobs Anesthesiologists take home a median $335,000 in salary and bonus annually. What other great careers from CNNMoney and PayScale.com's list of Best Jobs in America offer hefty paychecks? More

Special Offer