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Sara Hernando

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Legal Assistant @ Fred E. Walker, P.C.

In my position, I assist the attorneys with anything they may need.

How I Got Here

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Undergraduate Degree(s): Sociology
Graduate degree(s): I have not pursued a graduate education yet, but I will soon!
Favorite class(es): Criminology with Dr. Mark Warr
Changing majors:

I changed my major from Psychology to Sociology.

Moving from college to career:

I was looking for a job right before I graduated from UT and had applied several different places. The position at the law firm met my requirements for a first job out of college. My undergraduate degree allowed me to think in a way that helps me deal with clients everyday.

Career influences:

I wanted a job where I could learn a lot and a job where I had a lot of responsibility.

The Ups and Downs

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Pros: the ability to work directly for the attorneys, having a lot of responsiblity with little micro-managing (we're too busy!), and free lunches on Fridays.

Cons: stress, no health benefits, and an overwhelming amount of work.

Recommendations

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My advice would be to explore the educational and work-related (ex: internships, work-study, etc) opportunities you have in college. There is no other place where you have all the resources to learn and find what you are passionate about. Don't take it for granted. Also, study abroad.

Interested in this Career?

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MAJOR ≠ CAREER

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