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    Hi all,

    I have just graduated from uni with a 2:1 degree in law. I want to become a lawyer but want to take a gap year first, where the plan is to work for the best part of the year and then travel for a few months.

    The problem however is that I am finding it impossible to get a job (i'm looking for anything, e.g. admin/ reception/ general office work). I know its a tough market out there at the moment, but the majority of jobs require experience, which I don't have, and for everything else I have been told I am overqualified, and so recruiters don't want to hire me in case I leave in a few months.

    I don't know what to do - has anybody been in a similar situation, and if so what did you do???

    I'm not in a position where I can work for free as I have rent and bills to pay, if I don't find something soon I'm going to be in difficulties.

    Also do people think I should tell the recruiters that I'm only looking for a years work (and therefore run the risk they won't interview me) or should I pretend i'm looking for a perement job (and have them wonder why I am applying for jobs I am over qualified for)?

    Sorry for the mega long post, but I am really stuck - any advice would be much appreciated!
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    (Original post by scaredy_cat13)
    Hi all,

    I have just graduated from uni with a 2:1 degree in law. I want to become a lawyer but want to take a gap year first, where the plan is to work for the best part of the year and then travel for a few months.

    The problem however is that I am finding it impossible to get a job (i'm looking for anything, e.g. admin/ reception/ general office work). I know its a tough market out there at the moment, but the majority of jobs require experience, which I don't have, and for everything else I have been told I am overqualified, and so recruiters don't want to hire me in case I leave in a few months.

    I don't know what to do - has anybody been in a similar situation, and if so what did you do???

    I'm not in a position where I can work for free as I have rent and bills to pay, if I don't find something soon I'm going to be in difficulties.

    Also do people think I should tell the recruiters that I'm only looking for a years work (and therefore run the risk they won't interview me) or should I pretend i'm looking for a perement job (and have them wonder why I am applying for jobs I am over qualified for)?

    Sorry for the mega long post, but I am really stuck - any advice would be much appreciated!
    Hi I am in a similar situation, I just graduated with a 2.1 in Psychology hoping to go back into education Sep 2010 after working/traveling. I haven't found a job yet, this is my 3rd week of looking. It is a recession aand all I can say is be persistent and not give up. You will get a job. But there are tens of thousands of graduates in a similar position.

    Also I'd advise not to tell recruiters you are only looking for a years work. Even though it is dishonest, there is just too much competition for jobs...and that just lowers the chances of you getting a job.

    When applying for jobs- enclose a covering letter and make sure your CV is tailored to each job. Just embellish what experience you have- even though it is not much. Hope this has been helpful.
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    I am in the same boat guys, despite living in london, I am 18 just left school and want to work for a year before uni. Such a harsh market, might end up going abroad.
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    (Original post by Byllie)
    I am in the same boat guys, despite living in london, I am 18 just left school and want to work for a year before uni. Such a harsh market, might end up going abroad.
    Same except I live in Reading. I really, really don't want to go to uni this year but, if I can't find a job it looks like I'll have to.
 
 
 

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