Graduate Careers Market – a voyage of discovery

law graduatesOr should that be misery?

The legal blogosphere is full of doom and gloom at the moment – more so than I’ve seen for a while and I include the US blawgosphere in that. And when those guys are down in the mouth, you know things are bad.

I saw some really shocking statistics from a couple of US law graduates the other day about just how few of them graduate with *any* job, never mind a legal job.  Graduate jobs of any description seem darn hard to come by at the moment.

In the meantime, graduate recruitment specialists are lining up to help – (at least it keeps one industry flourishing I guess). I’ve always been a bit sceptical about the value of careers advisers, but that doesn’t mean to say they’re all about as useful as a tintack in a jockstrap. I think half of the problem is that many students roll up with unrealistic expectations of what a careers adviser can do for them. Just proceed with caution and with limited expectations would be my advice; you can’t expect miracles.  If you can’t help yourself, somebody else isn’t likely to either.

Our generation of students moaned incessantly about just how hard we had it, but I think it was still preferable to what next year’s students are going to have to contend with. And they’re still years away from having to be launched headfirst into the soul-destroying maelstrom that is the graduate careers market.

But who knows – things might pick up?  Eye rolling smile


  1. It could be worse - they could get jobs in the law!

  2. Oh - God forbid that should ever happen, John! ;-)

  3. OMG - long time no heary!! Great to see you're still about. :D

    I always like to fight the regime... even though I've been gainfully employed in-house for the last couple of years.

    I speak more on behalf of those who aren't so fortunate (and the good folks @ Target Jobs!!) ;-)

    Does this mean we might be seeing a post from the much-missed Medically Brunette? :-)


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