Your Career Options

As a newly qualified solicitor, you have a broad range of career options available to you. These include working for a range of different sized law firms, in-house at a corporate or a bank, in a government body or local authority, overseas or even out with the law.

However, as soon as you choose your area of specialisation and where you intend practice, you immediately close down a number of future options.

Choosing the right area of specialisation is therefore vital. To avoid making the wrong decision you should talk to Taylor Root to find out which specialist practice areas will best equip you for your ideal future career. In order to get this right, you should be thinking where you want to be in, say, three to five years’ time.

Having decided your area of specialisation, you next need to decide which firms you would consider working for. Often this means looking at the market to see if there are any better opportunities around than those offered by your current firm.

Factors to take into consideration will include:
- Reputation
- Location
- Quality of Work
- Culture
- Salary Package

Warning
Many trainees simply accept a role within their own firm because they like the partner concerned or feel loyalty towards the firm. This can be disastrous. Changing specialisation at a later date is almost impossible. With the wrong type of experience, you might not be able to make the future career move you want (i.e. in-house or overseas).

Recommendations:
- Talk to your recruiter
- Decide what you would like to do in the future
- Agree upon best strategies (including specialisation and firm)
- Avoid disappointment by planning ahead

Basic examples
If you see yourself in the regions in the long term, you need to specialise in an area of the law that is commonly practiced in the regional firms – avoid capital markets, international arbitration and international projects.
If you are keen to go in-house, then specialise in finance, corporate or commercial/IT law – avoid litigation, private client/tax and property.

Fancy overseas? Then concentrate on banking and finance, projects and corporate.