I spoke with Thomson Reuters recently to pass on some tips for aspiring lawyers who might be attending interviews or taking work experience. Some of this might be common sense, but it comes from the numerous graduate recruitment interviews and assessments I’ve moderated and conversations with colleagues and recruiters across the legal sector. If you find … Continue reading
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Young job applicants penalised for use of social media
Research conducted by OnDevice Research has found that young people in the UK are being rejected by employers for inappropriate comments and photos posted on social media sites. The Young People’s Consumer Confidence (YPCC) Index covers 6,000 16-34 year olds across six countries in both developed and growth markets. It has been designed to help businesses … Continue reading
PODCAST: Why I turned down a university place to become a legal executive
PODCAST: Alex Aldridge and Kevin Poulter discuss alternative routes with Rhys Bevan Is Rhys Bevan (pictured) crazy? Why would anyone in their right mind reject a place at one of the top universities in the country to go and do an unglamorous legal apprenticeship at a local authority? Actually, though, when 24 year-old Bevan explains his career … Continue reading
PODCAST: Write a legal blog, mind your Ps and Qs and get a job?
PODCAST: Kevin Poulter and Alex Aldridge discuss blogging with Leon Glenister As Hardwicke Building found out last week, lawyers who enjoy writing in their free time can sometimes cause problems. But, on balance, most barristers’ chambers and law firms look favourably on applicants with a few bylines to their name – and as the Barbara … Continue reading
As you may have guessed, I am a firm believer in the power social media has to enhance your career and your professional prospects. I was therefore flattered and pleased to have been referenced in an article by Christelle McCracken and Anthony Lyons as they discuss the importance of devloping a positive social media identity. “The best … Continue reading
PODCAST – Is a 2:2 a ‘kiss of death’ for wannabe lawyers?
PODCAST: with guest, Anthony Lyons Anthony Lyons is a charming, intelligent part-time LPC student who works as a paralegal at top London law firm Mishcon de Reya. What’s more, Lyons boasts an entrepreneurial zeal, organising the #AskaTrainee Twitter Q&A through his impressive social media following. In short, he’s the sort of person who you’d expect … Continue reading
Are ‘Spotted’ pages setting students up for a fall?
An article in the Guardian has described a new trend amongst students. ‘Spotted’ pages have been set up to allow those studying in university libraries to distract themselves by anonymously posting comments about other students in an online forum on Facebook. Although there seems to be an inevitable movement from harmless joviality and flirtation to pointed abuse extending beyond … Continue reading
PODCAST – How Far Should Bar Hopefuls Follow Their Dreams?
PODCAST: With Guest, Yusuf Solley Incredibly, Yusuf Solley landed the first pupillage he applied for – with the Government Legal Service (GLS) then paying his way through the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). But despite being involved in some fantastic work at, amongst other departments, the Attorney-General’s Office, Solley yearned to be on his feet … Continue reading
Sing To Impress
I realise that last month’s column was a little, well, maudlin, so this month, with Christmas around the corner, the first doors of the advent calendar open and on the brink of a new year, I am eager to be – unlike Ebeneezer – the spirit of optimism, positivity and, most likely, at least 15 … Continue reading
Leaving Legal Boyhood
Kevin Poulter fears he may soon be asking his trainees to pass him his slippers It’s not just a grey hair, it’s a wiry, unruly, thick white hair, 8 inches long and it needs to come out, quickly. Worse still, it has some associates who are less compliant in the ease of their removal. I … Continue reading