Thank you to all the new subscribers since the last post – welcome & Happy New Year!
I hope you had a truly wonderful Christmas.
My hope and prayer over all is for a 2017 filled with joy, hope, warmth, love and fulfilled promises.
Thanks for all your support this year. I finally started my blog and it is extremely humbling to visit the ‘stats’ to see readers from countries all over the world!
Nature demands that we believe in seasons. People frown on New Year’s Resolutions but it is always healthy and wise to assess your life and make new goals and plans. May it encourage you that actually it was true all along – anything is possible.
I was reminded this week that I am not super woman but 2016 was truly a great season for me & I am grateful, thank You LORD. Some highlights (goals that were set early in the year) for me included (please see the previous posts):
A wonderful man went down on one knee and asked me to marry him – I said yes!
Got to go home twice, including Christmas!
Still pursuing a law degree.
Traveled to Belarus as the first St. Lucian (passport) and won the ‘Best Speaker’ award at an international mooting competition.
I FINALLY let my natural hair go free – so proud of myself for this one!
I have done more reading on success.
Let us all dream our Biggest as we set new goals for 2017 – we’ve got this!
As the heat finally peaked in the UK, sleeveless in London, finally…, I read this story in the paper and thought it would be fun to do a piece highlighting some strange or funny laws around the world. Or shall we simply call them interesting?
These are the laws. Have fun looking up the reasons they exist…
In Iceland you must choose your child’s name from a fixed list, the Personal Names Register. The girl named ‘Girl’.
In Switzerland, you should not wash your car on a Sunday.
In Rhode Island, a union can be considered invalid under the grounds that the party is deemed to be, collectively, an idiot or a lunatic.
In Germany you should not run out of gas on the highway.
In the Philippines divorce is illegal and you can also get arrested for ‘unjust vexation’.
Your aircraft carrying sixteen passengers crashes. Nine of you survive but only four can fit on the only life raft available. The age of the survivors ranges from 10 to 60 years and includes a minister and an epileptic; the closest distance to shore is one and a half days. Who would you save?
Also note that the crash is in the Pacific Ocean – sharks!, complete radio failure, and you have twenty minutes to decide who can use the life raft.
This is a perfect example of the group exercise large law firms use to assess applicants. To arrive at an assessment day means that (based on typical large ‘Magic Circle’ city law firms) 400 out of 4000 applicants have been successful thus far in the process.
Typically each person will be monitored by one assessor who will grade you brutally, using a grade scale from 1 to 4. This is unusual as scales are usually 1 to 5. This is intentional to force the assessor to be precise as possible which means you will either be ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’, no in-between. The skills being assessed include but are not limited to –
Another bit of information in regards to assessment is extracurricular activities amount to (approximately) 25% of overall score.
This knowledge is paramount for any career but especially if you want to practice law. However, to my surprise, there were only six students in attendance at the workshop held last week at BPP University (Waterloo) by Joe Wilkes, Head of Careers Law and Health – London and South. He is a former employee (recruitment) of a leading law firm and the entire team at BPP Waterloo Careers is similarly able to assist.
If you are a Law student at the Waterloo Campus, Joe Wilkes will be targeting CVs and cover letters on Wednesday November 16.
Also, if you have not, do sign up to ‘Career Hub’ on the vle – so much great material and you can book a one-on-one appointment to assess the progress of your career – what should you be doing right now?
Looks a little like this …
Head over to my blog and leave your comments or questions if you need further directions. Please subscribe to stay up to date with being career ready.
The content of this post is not to be taken as legal advice.
It is an area of great contention that the celebration or acknowledgement of black history in one month seems to state that black persons only became significant after all these atrocious acts – the slave trade and its after effects.
However the existence of the celebrations highlights so many persons who have played major roles in society whether in the abolition of slavery or otherwise. It is truly a time where many people are made aware of history that is buried or not highlighted as it should be.
That being said, my university has a Society, BPP African and Caribbean Society. This provides another area of discussion as many question the reason the two nationalities were put together under one umbrella. As a West Indian I understand the questioning as our cultures are different in many respects. Yet it seemed that the best way forward, and potentially address the issue, would be to get involved.
Fast forward to September 2016 where I took up the presidency of this Society which had been mostly dormant from its creation. With the assistance of an active and driven executive, we successfully hosted two events during October. The movie night Belle – was a great first event and the level of discussion after on the similarities and differences of African and Caribbean culture was so enlightening. For instance:
When people hear an African accent, they ask are you from Ghana or Nigeria?
When people hear a West Indian accent, they ask are you from Jamaica (although to be fair, 8 out of 10 times I have been asked if I am American – and that is true of my other St. Lucian colleagues).
On October 27 we hosted a talk on ‘Employability in the 21st Century’ with Laurie-Anne Power,a well accomplished member of 25 Bedford Row. It was very well attended and specific tips were given concerning applications to chambers or magic circle firms. It was so rich that we went over the scheduled time by an entire hour. The Q&A session was very open and real- she truly made the dream seem attainable.
BPP ACS Executive – this team is beyond awesome!
Neive: President – St. Lucia
Tennessee: Vice-President – Jamaica
Samantha:PR, Marketing and Events – St. Lucia
Artwell:Historian – Zimbabwe
Kadidra:Treasurer – St. Lucia
Roxanne:Secreary and Administrative Assistant – Ghana
Look out for updates on our major networking event in the first week in December.
The contents of this post are my personal views and is not to be taken as legal advice.