I currently work in a law firm and will be doing the LPC next year. I plan on working in family & child law upon qualification. I have volunteered for 10yrs+ in family support work type roles and have recently been offered the opportunity to complete a qualification in counselling that will allow me to register with BACP (a governing body of counsellors) as a qualified practising counsellor.
I was quite excited about this as I have a year before the LPC starts and enjoy the subject but when I mentioned it to the chaps in my family law department at work they were quick to dissuade me. A few looked down on the profession in general and thought it would just read as a waste of time/lack of direction on my cv. Others felt it may seem as somewhat of a contradiction and look to employers as if I'm confused about the role of the solicitor (as in I'm not there to provide therapy but legal help).
What do you guys think?
I assumed it would just be a nice little bonus on my skills & quals blurb of an application and perhaps help in terms of clients looking favourably on it but now I'm concerned it could hinder me instead.
Any opinions would be much appreciated.
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- 21-10-2015 14:28
- 21-10-2015 16:38
I can't see how it will hinder you at all.
At worse, recruiters may question "why law" rather than counselling, but as long as you have clear motivation for the career you are pursuing this is not an issue.
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