The Blackstone Careers portfolio is here to help you out with all things careers.
We recognise how important it is to get you foot in the door, so we’ll keep you posted on employment opportunities as they come to hand; and also organise skills workshops so that you’re head and shoulders above the competition in the job application process.
Anatomy metaphors aside, if you have questions, concerns or suggestions for presentations, please contact Tegan Harrington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read up on some more exciting Careers information below.
One of the best ways to find out about your chosen career is to meet those who are already working within it. Blackstone seeks to provide as many of these opportunities for our members as possible. As many of our events are generously sponsored by firms, firm representatives can be found at anything from Super Thursday to Law Ball. However, some events are designed around mingling. So if charm is one of your natural blessings, make sure to put it into effect at some of these events:
- The Perth Law Careers Fair;
- Women in the Law Mentor Scheme;
- On-campus presentations;
- Competitions (Grand Finals in particular);
- Networking BBQ Lunches;
- Law Dinner/Debate;
- Women’s Networking Events;
- Final Year Farewell Dinner and;
- An Evening with the Profession.
An Evening with the Profession
In 2010 Blackstone launched an all new careers initiative: ‘An Evening with the Profession’. This event aims to give members a more in depth understanding of various areas of practice, by gathering prominent figures from the legal and non-legal community to speak to students. Each of the evenings will be themed, for example, tribunals and the judiciary, public law and practising at the bar. Speakers will address what it’s like working day to day in their given professions and how they would go about getting to their position if they were to have their time over again.
Keep an eye on your inbox and the courtyard walls for information about the evenings in 2012!
One of the greatest ways you can make yourself stand out is by undertaking work experience in a variety of fields. A lot of people ask ‘when they should start looking for work experience?’ The answer to this is that it’s NEVER TOO EARLY.
We liaise with a number of firms and societies in order to keep informed of any part-time or work experience opportunities that might be available. Check the website and your student email regularly to hear all about them.
In 2011, Blackstone published WA’s first Non-Corporate Careers Guide for law students. In 2012 we will continue making a concerted effort to provide information and advice to students on alternative career options available to them. Alternative careers can simply be non-corporate, however they also may be non-legal. Why such a push?
A lot of Blackstone members are affected by the glut of law graduates on the market and the lack of articles places to support them. Further, a lot of people undertaking law these days aren’t looking to become a lawyer, but have recognised the applicability of the degree and the skills gained throughout it as relevant in a variety of different vocations.
Blackstone wants to cater to the diverse career interests of our students and is seeking to achieve this in a number of ways. This year, our comprehensive Careers Guide will contain both corporate and non-corporate information, as well as articles on exchange and law units available under the LLB. Additionally, we will have a second Careers Fair in Semester Two, purely dedicated to alternative or non-corporate careers.
Look out for Blackstone’s Careers Guide, to be launched early in March 2012!