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Applying for training contracts can be an overwhelming and exhausting experience and students often feel disheartened by their lack of legal work experience. No matter what stage you are at, all experience is relevant experience and it can be used to write glowing standout applications.
When I arrived at university to study law it seemed like everyone else had a career-focused mindset. Other first-year students were applying for and getting onto various schemes and opportunities, but I didn’t know where to start. I hadn't really thought much about my future career and it felt like everybody else was racing ahead of me and I was getting left behind.
It was easy to get lost in the sea of fresh law student faces and at times I often felt overwhelmed by the competitive atmosphere. At the time I was busy with university societies alongside my studies and didn’t have much time to start planning my life after graduation.
Throughout my degree my involvement in extra-curriculars increased while I struggled to get onto legal work placements. I still wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do, and it was frustrating applying for vacation schemes because I was unable to back up my applications with legal work experience. The rejection was hard and seemed circular; I didn’t understand how I could get experience without firstly having experience. Regardless of my good grades, I started to feel that I wasn’t a worthwhile candidate because I hadn’t been on the ball from day one as many of my peers had.
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