To be, or not to be – a lawyer.

So today was my last day working in SLB. I had loads of time to think on the bus back home. About what exactly I’d want to do with my law degree when I graduate.

After working two weeks in one of the largest and well renowned KL law firm, I don’t think going into practice and working my arse off into the night and travelling to KL is for me. I wouldn’t mind that  kind of commitment to my job, if I really love what I do. But I somehow don’t see myself growing to like it, let alone love it – to do it long-term.

So I was deep in thought. And I figured I’m the kind of person who goes after satisfaction in my career and life. And I’d absolutely love to do pro-bono jobs,  or anything – that would make a person’s day, pouring into lives of others knowing they’d leave happier and better. I’m considering working with legal aid next year – with UNHCR or WAO or the prison.

Yes, I am also considering to be a teacher. I think it’ll be very fulfilling, knowing that you’ve blessed others with knowledge; or even lessons in life.

I don’t know about you, but I think something’s got to be done in our education system. Yes the government is trying to implement improvements slowly but surely – but lets face it. Some of us can’t be waiting around for our country to step up to the game. That’s why the degree of brain drainage is increasing rapidly. People are migrating overseas, just to send their kids to better school. Good students refuse to enrol with local universities and resort to scholarships abroad. And do these people actually come back and contribute to make a change in our country? Most come out to be successful and earning big bucks – overseas.

First it was Math and Science being changed back to BM. Then now its the cutting back on JPA scholarships with the excuse of insufficient government funds. I wonder how did they get the 800 million (do correct me if I’m wrong) to build a new Parliament. And heck, I’ve been to the Parliament. Seriously, there is nothing wrong with it. Its beautiful. So I still don’t get why we need to waste money on a want, rather than a necessity ie. the scholarships. Don’t they get that education has to be a priority in our country for a little thing called progress.

Also, I don’t get why the education system is almost solely based on academics and not curriculum. Why do schools not have proper PE where students actually lift weights, play netball (like how they do in US when its gym session) but students are allowed to just sit around or even skip PE. Why are Malaysian schools so results orientated by having UPSR and PMR? Yes exams are important, but now it has come to the point where it is the number of A’s we get. Why aren’t students in local schools vocal and ever ready to voice their thoughts and opinions?

I love teachers and I think they’re awesome beings, but I believe teachers have a huge role to play in the abovesaid. We need quality teachers, but most of them would be either lecturers in Universities or teaching in good schools. Many teachers are in schools not because they have a passion to teach, really.

I’m just one person, but I really want to make a change in the classrooms.

Changing Malaysia in a larger scale would be probably be possible by going into politics – which I have considered. That’s why I have always wanted to work with Hannah Yeoh to see how she changes the community around her; and also because I think she’s awesome. Maybe changing Malaysia would be too far-fetched. But changing one thing at a time, in a smaller scale might be doable.

Also, the public transport in Malaysia. I’m sorry to say this but – Rapid KL isn’t so rapid after all. Okay the busses are not too bad. But the trains are a nightmare. This was after enduring the nonsensical congestion with hundreds of people on the way and back from KL. Yes I know the PM has been on the KTM – but I’m sure everyone made way for him. It’s not like he has to squeeze with everyone and felt what it was like when the train in delayed for half an hour. And we wonder how a country like Singapore (which is equally congested as well – and more rely on public transport rather than cars there) have a very reliable public transport system.

Many questions I’d like answers to. But I can go on endlessly about the things that need change, but all talk and no actions is just being plain hypocrite. I really want to do make a change in my country any way I can.

Also after working in the Intellectual Property, Corporate and Litigation departments in the law firm, I figured I’m more inclined to enjoy litigation (but not the stress that comes along with it as well). So I was also considering being a prosecutor for the government.

But I’m not sure how I’d make a change in Malaysia by working in that line. I’ve also always considered being a judge. That way I can make a change by making good law and standing by fairness and justice.

However all these might just be dreams as I love my parents a great deal. I’m sure they would not be too happy if I used my law degree to go for a low paying job as a pro-bono worker or a teacher (after spending loads of money on my education) or become a judge or politician and having little time for them.

I’d also have to consider my dad’s dream – to run his company. It may not be what I want but family is very important to me. I never want to let them down.

And yes, they’d like for me to earn big bucks after investing their funds into my education. So if I were to please them I’d be applying for jobs abroad like Hong Kong or Singapore. Or working for international companies as a legal advisor. But I reckon there would be minimal opportunities for me to make a change in our country if I choose this path.

So yes, being the only child has its pros and cons, one of the cons being to be carrying a huge burden to support and give the best to my family. I’d have to weigh what I want and what my parents want. Both are equally important to me.

But as of now, I know what I really want. To make a change, be it in small ways or big ways; be it in people’s lives or my country.

But heck, I’m just a First Year going on Second Year law student. I’ll have time to worry about this when the time comes.

Be it working in UNHCR or as a teacher or politician or judge or taking over my dad’s company or becoming a money minded lawyer or a legal assistant, I know He has a path set out for me already.

He said so in Jeremiah 29:11.

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2 Responses to “To be, or not to be – a lawyer.”

  1. Wow… it must have been a really long bus journey back home!!! 😉

    There are so many things that needs to be changed – yes, esp the education system. totally revamped. i can talk with u about this and we’ll have 20 cups of neslo each and still talk!

    and it’ll take years for it to be changed. but every journey starts with a single step.

    yr journey is still at its prologue – but it is exciting, isn’t it?

    i dun think u’ll remember me sharing this with the calss on the first day:-

    I am only one
    But still I *am* one
    I cannot do everything
    But still I can do *some*thing
    And because I cannot do everything,
    I will not refuse to do something that I can do

    • Vivian K Says:

      Try 1.30 hours journey =D

      Oh great, nice to know people who share the same views as I do.

      My journey is certainly exciting. And yes, I certainly remember you sharing that with us. And I will always believe in that principle. ;D

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