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Editorial: Boost your career chances

Editorial: Boost your career chances

By Adam Wakeling

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Clerkship and graduate applications are again upon us so this YLJ careers-themed edition is designed to help students in search of those elusive clerkships and traineeships.

But there’s more to your legal career than just getting a graduate position. There are many pathways to practice. Lawyers who have been practising for a few years may be thinking of advancing in their firm, going to the Bar, moving in-house, changing to a different practice area, or changing careers completely. Later lawyers may be wondering how best to pitch their experience from their first career to potential legal employers. Finally, students early in their degrees may be wondering how best to expand their options and set themselves up for future success. We hope that this edition will have something to help everyone.

There is no denying that the situation for law graduates is tough. There are about 66,000 practising lawyers in Australia yet in 2015, 15,000 law graduates entered the Australian job market, up from 9000 graduates in 2007.

But the news is not all bad. The governance, risk and compliance industry in which I work is expanding as the regulatory and risk environment becomes more complex. I am technically not employed as a lawyer, but I nonetheless have an interesting and engaging job that puts my experience and skills to good use in the service of some of Victoria’s most vulnerable residents. I had thought not getting a traineeship was the end, but it turned out to be the beginning.


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