"Future Trainee Solicitor at ..." on LinkedIn

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    Hey guys,

    Let's be honest we all see students change their title on LinkedIn to "Future Trainee Solicitor at ..." and are a little bit jealous.

    However, is this something that is a bad thing to do once you secure a TC? I assume these TC holders are not looking for other work, so is it just to highlight their achievements rather than to help network for other opportunities? Would their law firm look on this badly?

    I am curious to see what are people's opinions on putting this up once you have a TC? Looking forward to do it yourself, or think they are being a bit showy/cringey?

    What's the aim in doing it?
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    (Original post by MrLintonJones)
    Hey guys,

    Let's be honest, let's not lie, we all see students change their title on LinkedIn to "Future Trainee Solicitor at ..." and envy them.

    But, is this something that is a bad thing to do once you secure a TC? I assume these TC holders are not looking for other work, so is it just to highlight their achievements? Would their law firm look on this badly?

    I am probably overthinking it and just coming from a place of intense envy.. haha

    But I am curious to see what are people's opinions on putting this up once you have a TC? Can't wait to do it yourself, or think they are being a bit showy?
    Everyone does it, there's nothing wrong with having it on your LinkedIn.

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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    Everyone does it, there's nothing wrong with having it on your LinkedIn.

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    My question is more what's the point?
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    (Original post by MrLintonJones)
    My question is more what's the point?
    Just to show that you've landed a training contract and will be starting at a firm in a year or 2. It's also a great way to find potential coworkers and for recruiters to keep you on their radar

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    Seems a bit wanky to me. I wouldn't be impressed if I saw it.
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    (Original post by MrLintonJones)
    My question is more what's the point?
    There is often a long lead time between securing a training contract and starting - so why not show it off, otherwise you wouldn't be able to do so for 2-3 years.

    Plus for anyone who has any time to fill during that time (which is often the case) it can be really helpful in securing paralegal work. In fact many firms advertise paralegal roles with a prerequisite of having obtained a TC with a certain type of firm.

    It is only the rise of LinkedIn that has made it far more visible. A lot of what people post on LinkedIn is a bit cringey to be frank - but pretty much everyone does that.
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    All my friends with TCs did this, it's so cringey
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    they definitely wouldn't look at it in a bad light. why would they when you could potentially be expanding your network by adding people from other industries. if anything its PR for them
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    Whilst I understand why it wouldn't impress fellow students, LinkedIn has a far wider reach than the student community and in the main is a platform for professionals. In that vein I can't see anyone within the industry being bothered by it in the slightest, and if anything I'd consider it to be useful information to know that a certain person is starting a training contract at a certain firm. I know I'm approaching this from the barrister angle, but frankly I'd think the same way about people starting pupillage at some point in the future. I actually don't see why it wouldn't be on a person's profile.*
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    (Original post by Crazy Jamie)
    In that vein I can't see anyone within the industry being bothered by it in the slightest
    Apart from me :p:
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    (Original post by Ethereal)
    Apart from me :p:
    Yeah, well, there's always one

    Though why, out of interest, would you think it's a wanky thing to do? *
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    I don't think it's necessarily wrong to state it in such plain terms but there may be a way of putting it more gracefully, e.g just saying that you've secured a TC in your personal description rather than lording it on your profile preview. I think you should really only put what you're currently doing in your occupation rather than what you're going to be doing in two or three years.
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    I have to say I'm with Ethereal (5 PQE solicitor). I didn't even make a LinkedIn account until I had qualified and I don't see the point in students having them at all. So they can tell the world they are Captain of the University Frisbee Team, LPC student and future trainee at Sloane & Co?*

    Overall I think I am not alone in the view LinkedIn is fairly pointless despite my firm and many others insisting we maintain a presence on it and share all the inane posts our marketing team come up with.
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    LinkedIn is like marmite. I can understand the comments from both those who think it is a good thing and those who think its cringey.

    I recommend students being on LinkedIn though - the amount of information that is shared on it that can help individuals spot either intern or grad opportunities, or help with things like developing their commercial awareness means I think people are missing a trick if they are not on it.

    But what then happens is that it becomes a case of some people over-sharing information on their profiles/activity in a hope to maintain their presence and be seen as an interesting candidate. You are rewarded by LinkedIn in terms of profile rankings (how often you are seen/how far up the rankings you are) by the more information you have on your profile and how often you update it or post. The more information you have on there, the more searchable you are.

    Having been someone who head-hunts at a undergraduate level or for paralegal level for firms, LinkedIn is the easiest and cheapest way for me to do this. When a firm asks me to find candidates with a certain profile (which for temporary paralegal roles is often "preference for those who have secured a TC", having this type of cringey information on their profile makes them far more identifiable. The same with extra curricular activities - I have had small regional firms ask me to help find undergraduate candidates with certain profiles (grades/ECs etc) and it is easier to find those people if they share that information on their profile.

    Despite this, LinkedIn still annoys me. I have to be on it a lot for numerous reasons but too many people use it like Facebook. My feed is usually dominated by content that really shouldn't be on there, although on occasion I am probably guilty of liking or sharing content others might not like either.
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    I absolutely get the criticism of LinkedIn as a platform generally. I also entirely agree with J-SP that far too many people use it like Facebook. LinkedIn is useful insofar as it is social media for professionals, the problem is that whether intentionally or not, its remit goes beyond that, and that makes it more difficult to find relevant content (at least in my view). In relation to its use by students, again I agree that putting desperate, irrelevant information on your profile in an attempt to stand out is unnecessary.

    However, to me stating that you have secured a training contract/pupillage at a particular firm/chambers is relevant information. Professionals won't do that because job changes are rarely, if ever, set to take place so far in the future once you're already in employment, and stating that you're a 'future employee at <firm>' when you're still employed by another firm will generally be inappropriate. But not so in the case of students. Other than it rubbing other students up the wrong way, which frankly will usually be more of an issue with the other students, I simply don't see how it is either inappropriate or irrelevant.*
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    (Original post by Crazy Jamie)
    Yeah, well, there's always one

    Though why, out of interest, would you think it's a wanky thing to do? *
    I find it crass and somewhat premature - there are plenty of things that can intervene between TC offer and TC day one, so the mere fact someone has an offer doesn't mean they will actually go on to take up post.

    I think the likely motivation is bragging rather than networking (although I suspect there is some real networking potential there), and that gives me an impression of someone who doesn't exhibit the sort of behaviour I would want in a future member of the profession(s).

    On a totally separate note, why do your posts end with a * ? are you disclaiming something? :p:
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    (Original post by Ethereal)
    I find it crass and somewhat premature - there are plenty of things that can intervene between TC offer and TC day one, so the mere fact someone has an offer doesn't mean they will actually go on to take up post.

    I think the likely motivation is bragging rather than networking (although I suspect there is some real networking potential there), and that gives me an impression of someone who doesn't exhibit the sort of behaviour I would want in a future member of the profession(s).

    On a totally separate note, why do your posts end with a * ? are you disclaiming something? :p:
    Technical issue on the site itself.

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    As someone without a TC, I don't see a problem with it. It's so common nowadays that you have to put it, to avoid people assuming that you didn't get an offer (assuming that you did a vac scheme at the firm) and image is everything to the youth of today.

    Some of my friends have it on their facebook profile and I have also seen it on dating apps. So, clearly some of the future trainees want any opportunity to brag!
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    (Original post by emmings)
    I have to say I'm with Ethereal (5 PQE solicitor). I didn't even make a LinkedIn account until I had qualified and I don't see the point in students having them at all. So they can tell the world they are Captain of the University Frisbee Team, LPC student and future trainee at Sloane & Co?*

    Overall I think I am not alone in the view LinkedIn is fairly pointless despite my firm and many others insisting we maintain a presence on it and share all the inane posts our marketing team come up with.

    Completely disagree with you wondering why a student has it at all?! Linkedin is an incredibly valuable tool for a student and for those who are doing internships and networking with people in the profession. I've used it frequently to find professionals who I have some kind of connection or something in common with which has been valuable in reaching out to them and furthering opportunities and it typically contains information that you can't find through another source.

    While I can sympathise with the view that too many people use it improperly, I can't agree with the view that it's pointless nor that students shouldn't use it. If you use it correctly it can be one of the most valuable tools toward securing an internship or job in my view - how can that be pointless?!
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    (Original post by emmings)
    I have to say I'm with Ethereal (5 PQE solicitor). I didn't even make a LinkedIn account until I had qualified and I don't see the point in students having them at all. So they can tell the world they are Captain of the University Frisbee Team, LPC student and future trainee at Sloane & Co?*

    Overall I think I am not alone in the view LinkedIn is fairly pointless despite my firm and many others insisting we maintain a presence on it and share all the inane posts our marketing team come up with.
    I find Linkedin is very useful for networking in financial services. I'm close to becoming ACA qualified and I'm getting a lot of contact from recruiters from various other financial services firms and recruitment agencies. Seems like Linkedin's usefulness varies depending on sector.

    EDIT: And of course geographical location (guessing someone London-based will be contacted more frequently than someone in a small regional office).
 
 
 
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