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erica123
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(Original post by jismith1989)
Oh, erm... here's another thought: how about doing the Graduate Diploma in Law (only one year long so not too expensive) and then you could become a solicitor or even a barrister (though you must be aware that the latter option is very competitive, but by no means impossible)?

I'm hoping to become a barrister after my Classics degree; although I want to do a 2-year-long full degree in Law, because I'm crazy!
that's a good idea- a lot of my fellow humanities friends did the same thing- so i don't think you're crazy at all. best of luck with it!
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I reckon the best thing to do would be to check out things like graduatejobs.com and graduate-fasttrack.com. The first is all sectors and the second specialises in headhunting and sales. There are other such websites for other specialisms and they're (obviously!) catered to graduates!

You definitely shouldn't be settling for such low wages - you have a really good degree!

Also, you could still take advantage of the careers service at your university even though you've graduated. It would be useful to ask them for some advice.

In the mean time if you're short of cash while you're looking for something more permanent and don't want to get stuck in admin, temping agencies are a good idea and will often take you with no experience if you target specific ones. Try reed, adecco and office angels.

Good luck!
thanks for taking the time to write that. definetely some good ideas there- i will take heed of them! best of luck if you are looking for a job too!
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(Original post by jismith1989)
Well, after getting a very good degree, some would argue that doing temp work will make it hard for her to escape from such an exploitative situation (i.e. being sold to whomever needs cheap labour, with poor remuneration). And she's obviously (or I'm 90% certain at least) working- or lower-middle-class, which is most probably why she has such low expectations for herself anyway; I think it would be awful for her to fulfil such expectations.

But, yeah, let's leave the Marxist doctrine for another time!
i had to laugh out loud when i read this-- yes i am from a working class background lol- hehe i didn't realise it was so obvious lol.
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OP, does Durham not have a careers advice centre that can help you out? I wasn't even on min wage at 16 when I only had GCSEs so I suggest you don't settle for such a pittance for all your hard work. If Durham aren't any help perhaps check out www.milkround.com. If you have a history degree have you considered being a lawyer or a barrister? Either way get your arse onto a graduate scheme!
yup durham has a pretty good one- you're right i should probably contact them for some advice. thanks
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Are you mad? My first job without experience and straight after school was in a call centre, and including commission paid around £17k. I'm sure you could do something far better with yourself.
wow that's impressive! im jealous! thanks for the encouragement tho
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i had to laugh our loud when i read this-- yes i am from a working class background lol- hehe i didn't realise it was so obvious lol.
Nothing to be ashamed about: I am too! :p:
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Are you having a laugh? you were clever enough to get a 2.1 in history, from Durham, and yet you really think you should be aiming at 9k a year office jobs? Jesus Christ, what is wrong with you? There are thousands of graduare opportunities and schemes! Any law firm would consider you with that, as would any of the financial services firms (PWC etc), as would banks, as would management consultancies, as would teaching...really, I can't believe you are thinking about minimum wage drivel!!!
the reason im applying to the minimum wage jobs is cos a lot of jobs i've seen say 'experience essential' so im using it as a way of gaining experience. thanks for the encouragement tho.
btw i saw yr location, as in crosby. is crosby as in the town in lpool? i used to go to school in crosby if it is- near the beach. small world!
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Nothing to be ashamed about: I am too! :p:
lol
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Hey erica, not read all the thread but sounds a bit like me at the moment. I've just finished a history degree too and have been for applying for loads of jobs, some minimum wage. I, like you, don't know what I what to do in life, I guess it would help if I had some idea!
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Hey erica, not read all the thread but sounds a bit like me at the moment. I've just finished a history degree too and have been for applying for loads of jobs, some minimum wage. I, like you, don't know what I what to do in life, I guess it would help if I had some idea!
hey ames! glad to know im not alone! best of luck with yr jobs applications! yup i totally have no idea either what to do- im hopin i will find what i want to do along the way and im sure you will do. anyway thanks for the reply and best of luck
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Please erica, aim higher! You simply cannot be looking for minimum wage jobs when you have a 2.1. Go see a careers adviser and research careers that seem interesting to you. A lot of people who have done degrees like yours don't know what they can do with them, but there are a lot of options open to you - particularly as you got a good degree classification.
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Please erica, aim higher! You simply cannot be looking for minimum wage jobs when you have a 2.1. Go see a careers adviser and research careers that seem interesting to you. A lot of people who have done degrees like yours don't know what they can do with them, but there are a lot of options open to you - particularly as you got a good degree classification.
hi- thanks for the encouragement, really nice of you. i will be going to see a careers adviser next week so hopefully they will have some interesting ideas. anyway thanks-and best of luck in yr career too!
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the reason im applying to the minimum wage jobs is cos a lot of jobs i've seen say 'experience essential' so im using it as a way of gaining experience. thanks for the encouragement tho.
btw i saw yr location, as in crosby. is crosby as in the town in lpool? i used to go to school in crosby if it is- near the beach. small world!
yes! awww, you sound so lovely, good look with jobs and remember to aim more towards things that befit your educational level. You can bag something good with that degree, no doubt about it.
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yes! awww, you sound so lovely, good look with jobs and remember to aim more towards things that befit your educational level. You can bag something good with that degree, no doubt about it.
thanks for the encouragement, that's really nice of you best of luck if you are applying for jobs too!
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