Mark Pentecost

Survival guide: Career change

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  • An excellent article.

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  • Extremely helpful. Thank you

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  • I have found this article helpful and encouraging, as I seem to find that help and support regarding education and employment is mostly available for younger people.

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  • Thanks for painting a realistic picture of what older applicants should expect. Hearing from someone that succeeded of their own obstacles gives me inspiration to keep trying.

    Would the author be able to say how many years he applied for a training contract before landing one?

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  • In answer to the last post, I started applying for TCs in the second year of my 2 year CPE (too late!!) and finally got offered one 6 months after finishing my 2 year part time LPC. So, 3 and a half years.
    Mark

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  • Really good article. I have read some of Mark's contributons before. As a mature LLB student (2nd yr) I find Mark's articles very informative and quite helpful. I just hope its not too 'doom and gloom', which is all we aspiring lawyers are fed at every opportunity.

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  • A very honest and accurate depiction of what it is really like. I thought I was reading my career life story at one point! The 'thoughts to get you going' are a very useful exercise.

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  • I am a 31-year-old Lawyer 2B. Studied the GDL part-time from 2007 to 2009 and worked full-time all the way through. It was tough! Started applying for TC in 2007. Finished GDL without a TC (although I did get a few interviews). Continued full-time work for 2 years, made a few well researched applications and went for some interviews. Finally offered TC by a Magic Circle firm in Feb 2012! Am about to start the accelerated LPC in Jan 2013 and TC in Aug 2013. For mature applicants, it is very difficult. However, with hard work and perseverance, it is possible. Good luck!

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  • A very encouraging piece with very useful hints and tips.

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  • An excellent and balanced article.

    May I ask the author how he feels / deals with his peers being significantly younger than him?

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