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How to… answer the tricky questions over the Christmas lunch

Blogged by Jonathan Black on 29/11/2018.

Three questions not to ask most students and graduates over the Christmas break:

  1. how’s the work/dissertation going?
  2. do you want any money?
  3. what are you going to do after your degree?

The Careers Service Recommended answers are: “Really well”, “Yes, please”, and “I’m exploring my options and developing a plan.” And when you have the follow up question about what exactly your options are, can we suggest that you share the following with your relatives and suggest that they have a go?

First up is the test which all students have to pass before being able to start the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) – the compulsory course required to qualify as a barrister.

Second, for non-lawyers, is a whole series of aptitude tests – you can find those here.

Third, you could complete some or all of our CareerCompass – then discuss it with your family.

Fourth, suggest your family tries the McKinsey practice test.

Finally, to demonstrate how much research and preparation you are doing, you could tell them that you are going to book to see a Careers Adviser, 1:1, next term, will be reviewing the 2,000+ vacancies on the system (at time of writing), applying to The Student Consultancy, thinking about MicroInternships, or just reading the extensive collection of briefing materials on different sectors.

Whatever you do, we wish you a relaxing winter break, and look forward to seeing you next term and next year.