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    Greetings. I'm 30 and have no career.

    It's a bit of a poor situation so I'm looking for suggestions on how to get out of it.

    Things were going wonderfully up until my first term at Uni. I got straight A's at A-Level, started at Oxbridge and was predicted distinction grade in Physics after my first term. Then, during the Christmas break, I got beaten up pretty badly in an unprovoked attack. Long story short, it knocked the wind out of my psychological sails, I ended up transferring to a top 15 uni and finished my degree with a low 2:1. Since then I've kind of shut out the world of work, travelled and worked in sales (successfully), abroad. It's been good for me as a person, but not so ace for my career prospects. I'm slowly facing up to that fact as I start (finally) to research jobs.

    The issue is I don't look great 'on paper', being 30 and without professional experience (other than a short stint in engineering) but know I am very able. You'll have to trust me on that one, given you don't know me.

    The question is, how do I leverage this, given most professional industries screen based on cv and uni result?

    I tried to think positive and believe that it wouldn’t hold me back. I applied for a few mini pupillages and training contracts and secured a regional mini-pupillage. But having read more on the impossibility of becoming a barrister (in particular), I'm beginning to lose that positive outlook. Law, banking, off limits me thinks. Am I limited to industries that won't discriminate; sales, medicine, or being an entrepreneur? Is it a waste of time applying to be an actuary or accountant at the Big 4 for instance? Just want a job with potential. Cheers to anyone who offers advice.
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    (Original post by poorjimmyjimmy)
    Greetings. I'm 30 and have no career.

    It's a bit of a poor situation so I'm looking for suggestions on how to get out of it.

    Things were going wonderfully up until my first term at Uni. I got straight A's at A-Level, started at Oxbridge and was predicted distinction grade in Physics after my first term. Then, during the Christmas break, I got beaten up pretty badly in an unprovoked attack. Long story short, it knocked the wind out of my psychological sails, I ended up transferring to a top 15 uni and finished my degree with a low 2:1. Since then I've kind of shut out the world of work, travelled and worked in sales (successfully), abroad. It's been good for me as a person, but not so ace for my career prospects. I'm slowly facing up to that fact as I start (finally) to research jobs.

    The issue is I don't look great 'on paper', being 30 and without professional experience (other than a short stint in engineering) but know I am very able. You'll have to trust me on that one, given you don't know me.

    The question is, how do I leverage this, given most professional industries screen based on cv and uni result?

    I tried to think positive and believe that it wouldn’t hold me back. I applied for a few mini pupillages and training contracts and secured a regional mini-pupillage. But having read more on the impossibility of becoming a barrister (in particular), I'm beginning to lose that positive outlook. Law, banking, off limits me thinks. Am I limited to industries that won't discriminate; sales, medicine, or being an entrepreneur? Is it a waste of time applying to be an actuary or accountant at the Big 4 for instance? Just want a job with potential. Cheers to anyone who offers advice.
    First thing is to decide what career you actually want. Accountancy, law and medicine are all very different areas. Law & medicine would both involve going back to university for a while too.
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    (Original post by poorjimmyjimmy)
    Greetings. I'm 30 and have no career.

    It's a bit of a poor situation so I'm looking for suggestions on how to get out of it.

    Things were going wonderfully up until my first term at Uni. I got straight A's at A-Level, started at Oxbridge and was predicted distinction grade in Physics after my first term. Then, during the Christmas break, I got beaten up pretty badly in an unprovoked attack. Long story short, it knocked the wind out of my psychological sails, I ended up transferring to a top 15 uni and finished my degree with a low 2:1. Since then I've kind of shut out the world of work, travelled and worked in sales (successfully), abroad. It's been good for me as a person, but not so ace for my career prospects. I'm slowly facing up to that fact as I start (finally) to research jobs.

    The issue is I don't look great 'on paper', being 30 and without professional experience (other than a short stint in engineering) but know I am very able. You'll have to trust me on that one, given you don't know me.

    The question is, how do I leverage this, given most professional industries screen based on cv and uni result?

    I tried to think positive and believe that it wouldn’t hold me back. I applied for a few mini pupillages and training contracts and secured a regional mini-pupillage. But having read more on the impossibility of becoming a barrister (in particular), I'm beginning to lose that positive outlook. Law, banking, off limits me thinks. Am I limited to industries that won't discriminate; sales, medicine, or being an entrepreneur? Is it a waste of time applying to be an actuary or accountant at the Big 4 for instance? Just want a job with potential. Cheers to anyone who offers advice.
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    (Original post by jelly1000)
    First thing is to decide what career you actually want. Accountancy, law and medicine are all very different areas. Law & medicine would both involve going back to university for a while too.
    That is key, yes. I had decided on law. My concern is that it's unrealistic. For instance, it's been stated that with a low 2:1 or worse, don't bother trying to be a barrister. Accountancy I thought might be more realistic than law, but then I don't know, as some industries (banking for instance) discriminate based on age (unofficially of course).
    (Original post by hudamh)
    What about becoming a solicitor?
    I suppose you're right. I'm going to have to find something that the sales experience will be highly desirable in. You don't think my 'on paper' stats are going to exclude me from commercial law necessarily?
    (Original post by Betelgeuse-)
    Get up on my feet and let go off every excuse
    Indeed, good advice. Took me a while to realise this, but now I have.
 
 
 
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