Brrrrrwhat a start to 2009! Its bleedin freezing outside and not much warmer indoors. But if the weather isnt enough to send shivers down your spine then theres always the recession.
Yes I know Ive said it a million times already but job-hunting in the midst of a global economic downturn isnt going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination. And it seems that the message is finally getting through. As we reported earlier this week our online poll found that a whopping 70 per cent of you are worried about securing a training contract in current market conditions (see story).
I dont want to scare monger but for a generation thats had it relatively easy please interpret this as a wake up call. And for those of you whove already broken all your New Years resolutions please at least stick to the one about sorting out your future careers. With this in mind dont forget that deadlines for submitting most vacation scheme application forms is 31 January. If you need help then check out this weeks feature, which has loads of tips on completing application forms.
Another deadline thats fast approaching is the one for the Lawyer 2B/BPP Law School essay competition. Free places on BPPs LPC and GDL courses are up for grabs, which should take away the financial worries of training as a lawyer (see full details).
But if you are planning to fund the LPC yourself then have a read of Katie Richs (the student rep on the Junior Lawyers Division) article in which she raises the pertinent question: how can LPC providers justify such high fees? and join the debate (see article).
Last but not least just to prove that Lawyer 2B isnt just about work were giving away a goodie bag from the Minstry of Sound. All you need to do is send me an email with an answer to the following question. Which was launched first?
A) The Ministry of Justice B) The Minstry of Sound
Please put Minstry of Sound Competition in the subject line of the email and dont forget to include your full name, contact address and mobile phone number. Good luck and Happy New Year.