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Final Year Law Career Planning. Darren Johnson Careers Adviser. Alternatives To Being A Solicitor or Barrister. Destinations of 2006 Law Graduate Graduate Recruitment Cycle Sources of Vacancies Applications with STAR quality Postgraduate Study Time Out – other opportunities.

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Final Year LawCareer Planning

Darren Johnson

Careers Adviser


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Alternatives To Being A Solicitor or Barrister

  • Destinations of 2006 Law Graduate

  • Graduate Recruitment Cycle

  • Sources of Vacancies

  • Applications with STAR quality

  • Postgraduate Study

  • Time Out – other opportunities



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Employment

  • Recruitment Researcher – Morgan Mckinley (Banking and Finance specialists)

  • Teacher - Teach First

  • Constituency Assistant – MP

  • Marketing – L`Oreal

  • Commercial Lender – Alliance and Leicester

  • Trainee Accountant – Grant Thornton

  • Police Officer

  • Research Assistant – Law Commission

  • Executive Officer – Home Office

  • Legal Secretary/ Assistants


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Employment

  • Research and Policy Officer – Scottish Labour Party

  • Licensed Conveyancer – Temple Heelis

  • Officer - Royal Marines

  • Paralegal – Addleshaw Goddard

  • Intern – British Irish Rights Watch


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Law Commission

Civil Service Fast Stream

Property

Management Consulting

Legal Publishing

(Guardian Mondays)

Investment Banking

Teaching

Assistant Company Secretarial Roles

HM Revenue and Customs

General Management

Local Government

Legal Executive/Paralegal

Licensed Conveyancing

www.prospects.ac.uk

Common Career Areas For Law Graduates U.K wide


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Example Recruitment Deadlines

  • NHS (Human Resources) – November 28th

  • Law Commission Early January Civil Service Fast Stream - Nov 30th

  • McKinsey and Company (Consulting) – 16th November

  • Teach First – 30th November

  • WPP (Marketing) – 28th November

  • HM Revenue and Customs (December 3rd)

  • Macmillan Publishing – Dec 31st

  • NGDP (local govt) – 12th January 2009


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The graduate recruitment cycle

  • Many employer deadlines before Xmas

  • Interviews mainly from mid – January

  • Assessment Centres mainly from February

  • Start work between June + September

  • Some organisations recruit all year round

  • Some may allow deferred entry

  • Smaller organisations tend to recruit after Easter


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Trends in Graduate Labour market

  • Vacancies

  • 16.4% increase at graduate level predicted (14% have reduced intake in financial sector)

  • Consulting strong growth /Insurance no growth anticipated

  • Salaries – Median starting salary £24,000

  • Still competitive ! 28:1 applications ratio

    • Source: Association of Graduate Recruiters, 2008


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Sources of Job Vacancies

  • Employer Presentations

  • Career Fair (next June)

  • Career Directories – Free from CAS

  • Recruitment Agencies – www.rec.uk.com

  • National/ Local Newspapers

  • Internet


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www.jobsgopublic.com

www.charitypeople.co.uk

www.durham.ac.uk/careers-advice

www.lawcom.gov.uk

www.ilex.org.uk

www.instituteofparalegals.org

www.hmrc.gov.uk

www.ngdp.co.uk

www.nhs.bringingleadershiptolife.nhs.uk

www.prospects.ac.uk

www.doctorjob.com

www.faststream.gov.uk

www.icsa.org.uk

www.getalife.org.uk

www.hobsons.co.uk

www.milkround.com

www.graduate-jobs.com

www.graduatelink.com

www.gradunet.co.uk

www.gradplus.com

www.insidecareers.co.uk

www.thepaperboy.co.uk

http://targetjobs.co.uk

www.rec.uk.com

Useful Websites For Job Vacancies


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Applications/Interviews

  • STAR quality (Situation/Task/Action/Result)

  • www.selectsimulator.com

  • Video – On-Line Applications

  • Lunchtime talks by Careers Advisory Service

  • Employer Workshops and Mock Interviews


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Postgraduate Study

  • Similar or Conversion?

  • Researching Courses

  • Applying

  • Funding


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Destinations 2006/2007 Law Graduates

  • LLM – Durham/Newcastle/Cambridge/London Business School/Kings College


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Subject Related

  • Deciding:

  • Taught LLM : how/where/destinations/reputation

  • Does it meet your needs

  • Research – Mjur/MPhil/PhD

    Research Ratings (1 lowest - 5* highest)

    Specialism of Research/Resources

    How active are staff members in research?

    Location, does it meet your needs?

    Motivation


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Conversion?

  • Be aware of deadline for:

  • Primary Teaching – Dec 1st 2008 www.gttr.ac.uk

  • Social Work – January 15th 2009 www.ucas.com

  • Other courses such as Journalism, Publishing and Psychology apply direct to institutions of interest – be aware they may have set their own early deadlines- check with admissions staff!


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Funding

  • AHRC – deadline 1st May 2008 – many institutions want applications at least 2/3 months before this

  • University Bursaries/Studentships

  • Funder Finder at Careers Advisory Service

  • Loans


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Postgraduate Study Websites

  • www.prospects.ac.uk

  • www.hobsons.com

  • www.petersons.com – United States Universities

  • www.acu.ac.uk – Commonwealth Universities

  • www.australian-universities.com – Australian Universities

  • www.thes.co.uk

  • www.jobs.ac.uk

  • www.findamasters.com

  • www.findaPhD.com

  • www.ahrc.ac.uk Arts and Humanities Research Council

  • www.hero.ac.uk


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Time Out ?

  • Some schemes have early deadlines

  • JET – November 30th

  • EVENTS section for location and to sign up

  • www.gapyear.com

  • Reference Books in the Careers Advisory Service

  • Country profiles on www.prospects.ac.uk


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HELP FROM YOUR CAREERS SERVICE ?

  • Workshops- including psychometric tests

  • CV/Application/Interview Presentations

  • Reports and Contacts of Durham Alumni

  • On-line appointments - CASIGMA

  • Quick Queries/Applications Advice

  • Long Guidance Consultation

  • Information on courses, occupations, employers

  • Information on taking time out – overseas/U.K opportunities


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Careers Advisory Service

  • 49 New Elvet (next to D.S.U)

  • Term Time – 10am – 5pm

  • Vacation – 10am – 1pm 2.15pm – 5pm

  • Tel: 0191 334 1424/1437

  • careers- [email protected]

  • www.durham.ac.uk/careers-advice


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