CTE Career Journeys – Assistant General Counsel

Antonette Adams

Sr. Product Marketing Manager • Career and Technical Education • National Geographic Learning | Cengage

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Career Journeys series is aimed to shed light on current career trends as they align to student career clusters. In this series installation, we have interviewed Aimee Steele, Assistance General Counsel in the law, public safety, corrections and security career cluster. Aimee shares with us the career journey that lead her to her current role with Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District. Aimee dives into what motivated her to pursue this career, milestones that lead to where she’s at today, how she stands out in her field and advice for others looking to pursue this career. This series also offers career outlook data collected from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Interview information

Name: Aimee Steele

Title: Assistant General Counsel 

Career Cluster: Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security

Company: Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District

Additional Career Highlight Information

Career Outlook: Projected to have slightly more than 500,000 annual average openings from 2022 to 2032

Median Salary: $135,740 per year

Education Needed: Graduate-level occupations include those that typically require a master’s, doctoral, or professional degree

*All career outlook data is collected from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Aimee's Headshot

Question and Answer with Aimee Steele

Q: What motivated or inspired you to pursue your particular role or career path?

A: My interest in the civil rights movement as a child. Thurgood Marshall was my hero. I was interested and impressed with the way he and the NAACP used the law and legal strategy to challenge segregation in schools. The law is powerful and can be used for good change.

Q: What were the key milestones or turning points in your career or life that led you to where you are today?

A: I earned my Bachelor’s degree in 1999. I earned my juris doctorate in 2002. I passed the bar exam in 2002. I received various promotions throughout the last 21+ years, the most recent being my hiring with Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District as the Assistant General Counsel.

Q: What strategies did you employ to stand out in your field and differentiate yourself from others?

A: I do not believe I am the smartest, but I am always the best prepared. I work extremely hard because I truly care about what I do and the positive impact I can make on the employees in my agency.

Q: Looking back, is there anything you would do differently in your career journey or advice you’d offer individuals in or considering your field?

My advice to individuals who are considering the legal field: ensure you have a high reading retention rate. Ensure you are adept at multi tasking. Find the area of law that interests you, understanding that there is so much you can do with your law degree and license to practice.

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