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Medical doctors (MDs) and lawyers aren't the only ones with regrets about what educational path they had chosen. Here is one of the growing number of articles on why MDs are so dissatisfied (sub. req.)
According to PayScale, 10 groups of BAs also wished they had done it differently. Among what they decided they shouldn't have majored in were Criminal Justice and English Language and Literature, which left them underemployed. Here is that coverage in MSN Money.
Why this should be of concern to already underemployed and unemployed JDs is that BAs in both categories have taken jobs as paralegals. That means that's no longer a possible parking place for JDs until they figure out what's next.
A BA paralegal could be preferred by employers. The BAs can be paid less than a JD. And there will less bellyaching about this or that. It's likely they will stick with the organization for much longer than a JD.
Of course, we all know that for any number of reasons, way before the Crash of 2007, JDs took jobs as paralegals in various kinds of law practices, especially real estate. Although the pay wasn't great, there was a comfort zone. So, they tended to stay on. Now, with BAs available and eager for those spots, there might be fewer of them for JDs.
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For example, did the healthcare personnel warn Joan Rivers of the risks involved in any procedure when one is over-80?
What is the standard level of care and was that maintained?
How were the patient's vital signs monitored?
What actions and how quickly were they taken when she stopped breathing?
What were the types and quality of care by emergency personnel?
What we do know, and what is probably sending a chill through all parts of the medical community, is that the family is now considering legal action. Enterprising lawyers are likely figuring out how they can configure a package of services briefing healthcare workers about the liability of treating the geriatric patient. Obviously, there is a need to practice defensive medicine. Should, for example, the healthcare provider have recommended (and maybe that was done) that Rivers not undergo any elective procedure and, then, refused to perform any (which was not done)?
The Daily News, tracking this developing story, notes that there is a possibility that the comic's "motor skills may be compromised." Instead of a happy ending to this emergency, Rivers could wind up a vegetable or in a wheelchair. Here is the Daily News coverage.
Rivers now becomes a possible legal story. If there is litigation, it could become a seminal case in geriatric medicine. The end results could include a dramatic fall-off in the number of medical doctors willing to have those over-65 as patients.
Document reviewers who get their assignments via official temp agencies are among the 2.8 million who earn a living that way. The statistic comes from the research conducted by the National Employment Law Project. Its report is "Temped Out," which you can read here.
But, those 2.8 million are only the tip of the iceberg. Essentially we are all temps. Tenured professors and equity partners are getting the boot just like document reviewers when a project ends.
The search for so-called job security is as foolish a quest as a Baby Boomer like myself chasing a youthful appearance. We may look younger than our age but the world still perceives as a "old" and discriminates accordingly.
As temps, the only sensible strategy to keep working is to seek out, do, and leverage assignments which will get us more work. Doing work solely to receive a paycheck will quickly render us unmarketable.
Demand keeps mututating. To present what the marketplace needs we can only hunt for the kind of work which provides the knowledg base, skills, and contacts employers and clients/customers will pony up money for.
Will robots be doing more and more of document review? If that seems in the near future, then lawyers have to find another niche to focus on. The process to get there could require a short-term reduction in immediate compensation. Or, you will have to pick up another kind of work simultaneously.
As a work issue, this is one of the few in which there is not a generational divide. Members of the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, and Generations X, Y, and Z are all temps. Assuming otherwise is delusion.
Mild OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) can be a plus for lawyers. That's especially the situation since the work involves close attention to details and the soundness of arguments. You keep checking. However, OCD can become an incapacitating syndrome, as it did for lawyer Susan Richman.
Richman's ordeal began when she found a mouse in her apartment. Eventually she was investing daily about 8 hours "detoxing" the place. Here she is featured in Huffington Post.
In polite society most people won't tell you. They will just distance themselves. In professional life, clients and even vendors will simply flee, without the real explanation.
Several weeks ago, I bumped up against a case of OCD. The personal injury lawyer, much like Bill Marler at Marler Clark, wanted to "own" a category within a certain niche in the law. The Marler Clark firm might be said to "own" foodborne diseases. I agreed to assist this lawyer whose vision was to be the dominant national brandname in one kind of medical malpractive. The first focus was his website.
Sweet Jesus, save us from lawyers with OCD. Within about an hour of the agreement, there was a flood of emails. There were other digital communications via another kind of platform. There were several calls. There were continual changes in the direction of the strategy and the tactics. There was much intense feedback on the material I produced.
Thinking like a lawyer, within about 36 hours I figured out a way to exit the relationship. I contended a breach of contract, itemized the cost of tasks done, and offered to return what was left from the deposit on the assignment. I got away. Flashbacks from that experience still scare me.
Did I dare suggest to him that he had OCD? It would have served no useful purpose. He assumed he is taking care of business, with more attention to details than lesser lawyers. Should state bar associations be on the lookout for OCD, just as they do for substance abuse and bipolar conditions? That might be overdue.
With the value and commercial accepability of bitcoin not yet stable, all news associated with this virtual currency makes headlines. There is plenty of money, including among investors, at stake. So, reports of Charlie Shrem's intention to plead guity are making headlines.
Shrem, former Bitcoin Foundation Inc. Vice Chairman, reports Karen Gullo in Bloomberg, "was accused in an indictment of trying to launder more than a $1 million in the virtual currency in a case tied to the illicit online bazaar Silk Road." Here is the Bloomberg coverage.
As of now, bitcoin remains largely unregulated at both the federal and state levels. However, there have been moves in those directions.
For example, Richard Cordrey, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, warned the public about the digital currency. He is soliciting complaints associated with it. Here is background on that.
But, bitcoin isn't alone in being an unregulated currency. For years frequent flyer miles have been a type of currency, even exchanged for cash. There had been a few regulatory moves but not much came of them. Airlines, which issue the frequent flyer miles, essentially have complete control over their value and the abrupt changes in the value.
These jobless folks just won't (or can't) change.
That's the screamer of a message which we get when we read the 2013 book "Down The Up Escalator: How the 99% Live in the Great Recession." In it Barbara Garson chronicles those who lost their jobs - and more. Here you can order it from Amazon.com.
The graphic artist and the banker who get the ax continue to search for similar kinds of employment. So, no suprise when the author re-visits them after a few years, they are still unemployed or underemployed. There never was nor does it look like there will be any hustle. That's the tragedy of this book.
Back in The Great Depression, one of my uncles tried counterfeiting. After he served time in prison, he recognized that career path was over. A natural hustler he made friends on the Jersey City docks, where shipments of goods from around the world arrived. Eventually he became the boss there.
When my communications boutique tanked in 2003, I changed. I learned digital everything. Although there have been bumps in the road, I have been able to make a living. Lately that has become a good living.
Too many lawyers mirror those in "Down The Up Escalator." They await the past to return.
Majoring in business undergraduate, much like majoring in psychology, is the road to unemployment. It doesn't get BAs too far unless they go on to, you got it, more study. They have to invest in the MBA, just like psychology students better go on for the Ph.D.
This is what the survey by PayScale found, reports Christopher Ingraham in The Washington Post. Here you can read and get over regretting not majoring in business back in college.
Ironic: The survey found that a college degree in law was very marketable. Unfortunately, additional degrees in that field tend to eat away at that marketability.
They had put together a scheme to inflate quarterly earnings. Now, Baker will be serving 20 years for that and will have to pony up a $1 million fine. The others will be serving less time.
As Bloomberg reports, the Gang of Four essentially ran a "stuffing con." From 2005 through 2009, explains Bloomberg, they:
" ... placed millions of unneeded medical devices with distributors at the end of each quarter to falsely inflate AntroCare's financial results ... The two [Baker/Gluk] lied to investors about their relationships with distributors, who agreed to accept the shipments in exchange for large upfrong cash commissions ..." Here you can read the entire Bloomberg report.
When sentencing, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks in Austin, Texas reprimanded Gluk for undermining respect for America's financial institutions.