Before becoming a lawyer I worked in the real world for a few years.
During my college years, for three summers, I worked on the maintenance crew of a municipal golf course. During the school year, I worked at the college’s food service, mostly on the clean up crew.
After college, My first job was working as a laboratory technician at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. When I moved to Dubuque, Iowa, I got a job as a salesperson at a computer store. Then I worked at a stereo store and taught a science class for nursing students at a local technical college.
I got a job with a company in Dubuque that sold computer systems to medical practices and clinics. My job was to provide support, mostly by phone, for the company’s two personal computer products. That company ended up moving me to Wausau, Wisconsin, and then “letting me go” as part of a 10% staff reduction. The people I worked with in Wausau liked me enough to make a few calls, and I got a job with the large insurance company in town, helping to support their growing use of personal computers. It was while working for Wausau Insurance that I decided to go to law school.