As I near the end of my practicum, one of my many worries is that I won’t be able to find a job in mediation. After all, things are stacked up against me in a way. Being 24 years old, without a law degree, very little mediation experience, I feel that I am a little behind the eight ball. As I search for hints and suggestions to get in field, I am bombarded with this lack luster advice, “Don’t quit your day job.” You mean to tell me after I have experienced the power of mediation, and chomping at the bit to get out and bring the power to the people I won’t have a line of people waiting for me to change their life? It was quite a sobering feeling, one I’m sure many of you have felt.
With the amount of people looking for advice, it seems many people are in the same spot. The call to mediate is a noble one. I can see why it is attractive to many people. Lets face it, everyone here wants it to be the guy (or girl) that their friends turn to for help, and help solve their problems. This could be a reason mediation has not taken off like many would like. With the influx of trainees, many don’t take the next step, or don’t enter into a mediation whole-heartedly. Others may not monitor the performance and think of ways to improve. When a mediocre product is put out it shows, and unfortunately it negatively effects the entire field.
Thankfully the training I have received in the last year and a half has already reaped some benefits. Once graduation comes around in December, I will be on a hunt to get into the business. (Any pointers or tips will greatly be appreciated) I am excited to gain experience, and find my place in the field. One of the greatest part of ADR is that it not limited to mediations, but many other fields. There are many unfulfilled niches ready to be served. This is where my journey is taking me.
Feel free to reply with any stories about your start into mediation