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Career Change - Advise Please

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Gomez Fri 07-Jan-05 11:13:20

After humming and hawing about it I accepted a place on a graduate LLB which when combined with legal practice diploma and then 2 year traineeship will mean I will be almost forty by the time I am 'qualified'. Now starting to doubt if I will able to establish a new career succesfully at that age.

Any views or experience from those who currently work in the profession?

tiredemma Fri 07-Jan-05 14:27:45

sorry i dont work in the profession but am currently on a course with women in thier 40's now who are hoping to study midwifery which is a three year course.
the way that they look at it is, even if they retire at 60, they will have had at least 15 yrs working in thier desired profession!
sorry i cant be of more help, although i will share my fave phrase of all time


Gomez Fri 07-Jan-05 14:30:11

So true tiredEmma and my originally thinking was that I would have about 25 working years ahead of me after qualifying so plenty much time. I am just a bit concerned that law as a profession will prove too hard a nut to crack if I start at 40!

MancMum Fri 07-Jan-05 14:33:36

i did a similar thing when I was 28 - started the llb but was put off by talking to other lawyers who said I would struggle to get a job as there are so many graduates in law now that wold be a lot cheaper to employ than me... I was laready earning good money in IT and the thought of going back to low salary did put me off.... and I gave up...

However, I do regret it as I don't enjoy my current job and wish I had taken the risk... it is not all about money ... this was over 15 years ago so things might have chnaged... why not contact a few law firms to see what there atitude is?

tiredemma Fri 07-Jan-05 14:33:53

i see your point- i dont know much about the law profession- is it a bit judgemental towards people over a certain age as "new starters" so to speak??

Gomez Fri 07-Jan-05 14:37:50

Without a doubt I will be earning less for about the next 10 years at least but don't mind as I am 'following my dream' so to speak. But I am concerned about the getting a job/good job/job with prospects bit. Don't really know if law is worse than any other profession TBH but there is still that 'old boys club' thing there I am sure and at 40 with 2 sprogs I will surely not be a member!

Gomez Fri 07-Jan-05 16:27:19

Bump - I know some of you legal eagles are around this afternoon so thought I might be cheeky and try again.

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