What's the most competitive graduate job market? Watch
My sister works in the legal sector and she suggests the work for graduates has dried up over the years.
Coincidentally I recruit for the Healthcare sector (also studied the subject at university), and although it's a politically demanding sector as people are living longer, it is also hard to get work but some people are reluctant to get into the sector as it is little pay as you would imagine. However most people do it because it's a rewarding job by helping disadvantaged people. Fulfilling humanity.
I'd say investment banking was far more competitive than law given quality and application numbers.
I've worked in legal recruitment for a long time, and it's a bit of a myth that it is uber competitive. Quality of applications is very strong, but from my experience strategic consulting and investment banking (in lots of different functions) brought in a far greater quality of student and much higher application numbers.
Marketing is also ridiculously competitive though too and the quality of applications tends to be pretty high, even if the profile of the student is very different to a legal applicant.
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