Training contracts are typically offered a year or two in advance of the actual start date. It’s not unusual to have a large gap of time free between completing your studies and beginning your training contract. It may seem like a long time to wait but it will fly by!
Try not to think of the spare time as a chance to enjoy an extended holiday; the reality is there are a lot of ways you can use the time productively. Here are a few different options for what you can do before finally starting your training contract.
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Studying for another qualification, whether that be an LLM, MA or something else, is a great way to stay productive during the time leading up to your training.
Another degree could help to further your knowledge in an area you’re particularly passionate about. Law firms will like that you’ve studied another qualification too.
As well as having an enriching experience, you’ll gain even more knowledge which will transfer to your training contract.
You could also apply for a compliance role within banking. This is a great option because you get to deal directly with customers and put into practice skills from your law degree.
When you begin your training contract you won’t have as much time off as you did at school and university. If you are able to, why not book a trip to somewhere you’ve always dreamed of visiting?
You’ll be able to soak up the local culture and develop your confidence and independence. These are key skills that will put you in good standing for your future law career.
Some training contracts may require you to move to a new area or completely different location. If this is the case, you’ll hugely value having the time to sort out all of the logistics involved in relocating beforehand.
To settle into your new area, it could be worth joining local groups to get involved in the community. This might help you feel less lonely when you start your training. You could even make new friends to spend time with at the weekend.
If you’ve secured a training contract, you’ve no doubt put in countless hours to reach this point. Whilst it can be good to get a job or travel the world in your spare time, it might not be what’s best for you.
Make sure you take some time out to properly relax and celebrate landing a training contract. You deserve it!
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