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Studying law for four years can only take you so far and nothing prepares you for your training contract, especially if it's also your first office job, says Pippa Allsop

18 December 2013

Studying law for four years can only take you so far and nothing prepares you for your training contract, especially if it's also your first office job, says Pippa Allsop

Until my training contract, my work experience comprised 'summer jobs': farm labour and a brief stint waitressing, which was brought to an end by an incident involving lobster bisque and an Armani jacket. While my education and part-time jobs equipped me with the requisite education and work ethic to fit the trainee mould, I was ill prepared for a full-time job. Not the politics, the practicalities.

One of the hardest things that I wrestle with is how to use secretaries. However clichéd<...

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