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Regions versus the City

Pippa Allsop asks why publications plug the Magic Circle dream when the work/life balance offered is so poor

20 August 2014

There seems to be an overwhelming amount of attention paid in trainee-focussed literature to the dizzy heights of a training contract and subsequent newly qualified position with a Magic Circle firm.

Admittedly, being born and bred in the south west, I was hardly the biggest advocate of life in the Big Smoke to start with, but the ‘do or die trying’ and overtly competitive attitude one particular Magic Circle firm rammed down our throats at consequently the only ever careers session I attended very swiftly made up my mind on the issue.

As a result, I am confused by the focus of many trainee publications on the Magic Circle dream, as it does not reflect the reality or indeed my own career-based wishes and aspirations.

Although I resent the currently abundant stereotype of Generation Y,...

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