Today we start out with a brief introduction and then we'll talk about the jobs we have had.
My name is Sarah, I live in Toronto, and I've been blogging since 2014. I am married and we have two boys, ages 12 and 7. You can read a more in depth introduction from the post I did last year here.
Babysitter - This would be many people's first jobs I bet. I had a few different families that I would sit for in town. I think I was paid $4-5 an hour back then.
Genealogical Society Student - My job between high school and university was at the Genealogical Society. We would do research on local family trees, looking through microfiche, logging records, and helping people who would come in look through the records we had.
Museum Guide - After first year university I went back home for the summer and worked at one of the three local museums taking tourists through the exhibits.
Hostess and Waitress - I did this for the rest of undergrad. It was my uncle's restaurant, Salty's in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I loved this job. We were mostly busy in the summers because we had a big patio on the waterfront, served seafood, and attracted lots of tourists.
Summer Law Student - After I went to law school I had jobs at law firms for the summers after first and second year, as one does. The first year I worked in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and the second summer I worked in Halifax. You really do everything as a summer student, lots of research, filing, and random things like helping to plan the summer party. I still remember some of the things I researched as a student.
Articling Clerk - This is the position you take after you finish law school but before being called to the bar. I worked in Saint John, New Brunswick at one of the regional firms. My articling principal was a corporate lawyer and it was him that urged me to practice corporate law, instead of litigation. It was the right call, I am definitely more cut out for this type of work.
Private Practice Lawyer - After I was called to the bar, I moved to Toronto, and found a job at a firm. My practice was mostly with owner-operator small to medium sized businesses, preparing shareholder resolutions, succession planning documents, corporate maintenance records, and then buying and selling the business itself. I worked at this same firm for 11 years.
In-House Counsel - This is my current job. As the only in-house lawyer for a private mining construction company, I manage all of the legal matters. I will use external counsel for some specialty things, like employment, patents, banking, etc. but I do a lot myself. In addition to actual legal work, I also look after our insurance portfolio, ESG strategy, crisis management, and other things. I've even gotten to go underground a couple of times at mines in Timmins, Ontario and Mexico.
Mom - Of course this is the most rewarding and the most challenging. If you're a parent, you know that the work here is never done :)
Thanks for joining us today!