Q I pretty much have embraced the fact that I’ll have to get a second job after I graduate because I have a boatload of loan debt—and I know I’m not Big Law material. That’ll leave heaps of time for me to spend with my wife whose second income isn’t much help . . . yeah right.
I’m thinking of working as a personal trainer on weekends. However, how do those of you that have second jobs manage your time when some asshole partner wants you to work ridiculous hours? I mean, it’s not uncommon for associates at even trash firms to have to work weekends, so what do you say to the boss? “Sorry, I can’t work this weekend because I had to take a second job to supplement the shit salary you’re paying me?”
A The first goal, my friend, is to find a job that pays enough so you don’t have to find a second job. If you can’t, consider cutting costs before you look for an additional job. I get reality, trust me, but the truth is: Working two jobs isn’t a great idea. You only get one chance to have a successful career. Don’t blow it by working weekends at the local gym. Whether your realize it or not, this will directly or indirectly compromise your ability to be a productive lawyer. In the long run, your attempt to make quick money will cost you thousands. Maybe millions. But if you absolutely must get a second job, then get one. Don’t worry about working weekends and asshole bosses. If you can’t work, just say you can’t work. But don’t mention the second job. Unless, of course, the partner is buff and likely to show up at your gym some day.