In 1984 I was certified by NALA and began using the professional designation of Certified Legal Assistant. As a working mom, life happened. A couple of children were born. A couple of job transfers and new positions for my husband. And then approximately 8 years at home during which I homeschooled my youngest daughter. And bada bing! I had allowed my professional certification to expire. I was out of touch with the legal field.
Never let your professional certification expire! You have worked hard to obtain it. Even if you are planning a change in your career path! Everything we learn — and earn — just adds to our unique qualifications for that dream job down the road.