I graduated last year with a first class History degree from a Russell Group university, where I was also editor of the university paper. Since, I have been doing the Graduate Diploma in Law which I shall be finishing today. Tried applying for lots of vac schemes and training contracts with no luck and find myself in a position where I have no idea what I shall be doing come August/September or what I want to be doing. I don't feel like I have excelled this year, and wonder whether law is for me. I see myself as being more of a generalist than a specialist, which is what the law requires. Naively, I believed that doing the GDL, coupled with my achievements and international work experience would have landed me a vac scheme, but this was mistaken.
I am very ambitious and don't fear hard work (I have been known to have done 16 hour days on a regular basis). I come from a successful family but don't want to rely on their help, but I am at a loss of what I should do. In 15-20 years, I want to be in upper management, maybe even a director of a multinational, but I just have no idea how to get there. This is the career equivalent of writers' block. My 16 year old self was far more assured!
Anyone have any ideas or suggestions? Good luck to others in the same boat, it is very sobering!