The hardest part of my job has been to deal with society's expectations concerning who and what we should be and what we are supposed to earn. I never sought my identity through my career. I sought it through my family and that was difficult for others, especially attorneys, to understand.

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NAME

Arthur

JOB TITLE

Attorney/Shepherd/Professor

LOCATION

Chicago, IL

SALARY

Undisclosed

NUMBER OF YEARS IN THE FIELD

36 years in the profession! I have been an Educator from several vantage points: first as an Educator in the middle school and high school classroom and then as an administrator and program Professor at a University in the School of Education

Career Bio

The profession

Skills required: Being creative, open to change, hardworking, and knowing what guides you.

How I got here

Law Degree, Sheep Care Guide, and Pedagogical training

A typical day

My typical day has never been typical. It has always involved finding a way to blend my professional and personal life. In my first career as an attorney, I ran my own practice. That allowed me to devote time daily, as needed, to my family. With my children grown, my nurturing instincts led me to rural living and raising sheep. I was lucky to have a supportive wife who had a substantial income and supported me while I tried my hand at raising sheep (joyous work but not highly income productive). As my children became parents, I turned to higher education and now teach law virtually giving me the freedom to spend my day partly as online faculty and partly as grandpa.

The hardest parts

The hardest part of my job has been to deal with society’s expectations concerning who and what we “should be” and what we are “supposed” to earn. I never sought my identity through my career. I sought it through my family and that was difficult for others, especially attorneys, to understand.

The best parts

Partnering with my wife to make an unconventional career journey “work”.

Advice for someone thinking about going into the field

Shape your work to fit you….don’t be shaped by it. It’s work….it’s not life.