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Lawyer Quits to Become an Illustrator With Brilliant Cartoon Telling the Whole Sordid Story Another great sign-off

There's something particularly satisfying about a resignation letter that tells an old, boring career path to piss off in the very format of a new, fun one.

A former corporate lawyer named Catherine does just that in a very public, delightfully illustrated "Departure Memo" explaining her wayward path into the legal field, and why she is leaving her gig at a big firm to pursue her passion for making art.

It's a new spin on the now-familiar practice of colorful professional sign-offs. (The soon-to-be baker's cake resignation letter was pretty sweet, as were Marina Shifrin's viral quitting dance and that Montana agency employee's F-bomb Facebook post.) But Catherine's missive stands out for how joyfully it throws an extra dose of shade on the frustrations of what she describes as a grueling white-collar job.

She deserves extra credit for her nuanced perspective on those of her former colleagues who are enthusiastic about law, especially when she makes calling them "cyborgs" sound almost, but not quite, like a compliment. ("The world needs cyborgs!")

It's also, obviously, a clever way to announce her availability—and demonstrate her chops—to a new job market. Commenters at legal industry trade blog Above the Law are already suggesting that site hire her, but something tells us she might not be interested.

She does preface her story by saying it includes some flat-out exaggerations, though. So, advertising is probably the perfect field for her.

Via Design Taxi.

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