"A lot of my life has taken a very unique twist,” shares Tim Gehret, Attorney and Contracts Negotiator at Georgia Tech Research Corporation. Join Tim and Melissa as they discuss how life surprised them with careers they never saw coming. With his heart in television and broadcast, Tim worked as a local news reporter for 12 years. However, when faced with the challenge of a changing industry, Tim took the time to analyze his needs to make ends meet, support his family, and be successful. As a result, Tim braved the hardest test he’s ever taken and then changed his career...twice.
Jump in and travel back to “Classic 89” in a world before flip and smartphones as Tim shares how he went from covering legal beats in college to supporting his family as an employee of a prestigious organization, Georgia Tech. Despite obstacles and twists in his career, Tim sheds light on how he adapted and pushed through working in areas that he didn’t like, including contracts. Tim also reveals best practices of how to find new job opportunities when your life takes a “very unique twist”.
Melissa also asks Tim about the first twist in his career and how he ended up in law school. Tim guides you down his journey of a career change guided by the universe after he was laid off in Charleston. After being in Market 100, what would Tim do next? Channeling his past coverage of legal beats in college with Melissa, he decided that grad school was in the cards for him and pursued a career in criminal defense.
Another surprise in this episode is Tim’s unassuming life lesson from a BBC fan favorite, Downton Abbey. Using the beloved character, Matthew Crawley, Tim drives home the point of how important a will and trust are. Meditating on his mission trip to South Africa, Tim also shares the motivation behind his decision to arrange his will and trust. Additionally, Melissa discusses the types of wills accepted as legal documents in Colorado including a “Holographic Will.”
Later on, Tim and Melissa discuss how he found his work-life balance in his current role. You’ll also hear Tim explain the unusual phenomenon of how he was hired at an institution with zero experience to start a pilot program. While a pun wasn’t intended, Tim freely admits that there is peace of mind that comes with being an employee at Georgia Tech.
Don’t miss Melissa’s advice for law school students. “You never know what tiny nuanced area you’re going to end up specializing in,” Melissa shares. As evidenced by the experiences Tim and Melissa share in this episode, their current careers and niches are not what they set out to do in college. So cast a broad net when it comes to studying and find work-life balance in being adaptable and resilient.
- “You don't cover civil cases...or probate cases, those aren’t sexy.”
- "It's a whole new world doing your own private practice."
- "I'm accustomed to a certain lifestyle. I'm not gonna work 15 hour days."
- “That may not be where you end up so keep an open mind.”
- "Your law career is like an evolution"
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