Case studies Sally: Needs to take some time
Sally: Needs to take some time
Sally: Needs to take some time

Sally: Needs to take some time (6)

Motto: Seeking for some way to make it worth the while.

Demographic and biographical Characteristics

Sally, a 21 year old female Law student, comes from a well educated family. She is currently living with her parents and is happy to stay there for the foreseeable future as she cannot afford to live alone and her partner is a trainee engineer with the army so is away during the week. She enjoys spending time with her family and goes out with friends occasionally but spends most of her time studying.

Transitions

Educational and transitional pathways

Sally is currently revising for her final exams, she is unsure which career path to follow so has decided to take some time out at the end of her degree course, during this period she plans to get “any job” and research her career options.

Motivations and Strategies

If she decides to pursue a career as a solicitor she will have to return to university and complete a Legal Practice Certificate, this takes one academic year and requires funding, she hopes that she will be able to find an employer willing to finance the course or that she will have a promise of work once she has completed the course to make it worth her while.

Her alternative strategy is to find a career other than being a solicitor in which she can use her degree. At the moment Sally is not aware of the career paths available to her and feels she is too busy studying to take the time to find out. She is concerned about competition from her peers and feels that taking time out to prepare will put her in a better position when she is ready to apply for jobs or courses. She is also worried that her plan to take “any job” may backfire and that she will end up stuck on a career path that she is unhappy with. If she decides to pursue a career as a solicitor she will have to return to university and complete a Legal Practice Certificate, this takes one academic year and requires funding, she hopes that she will be able to find an employer willing to finance the course or that she will have a promise of work once she has completed the course to make it worth her while.Her alternative strategy is to find a career other than being a solicitor in which she can use her degree. At the moment Sally is not aware of the career paths available to her and feels she is too busy studying to take the time to find out. She is concerned about competition from her peers and feels that taking time out to prepare will put her in a better position when she is ready to apply for jobs or courses. She is also worried that her plan to take “any job” may backfire and that she will end up stuck on a career path that she is unhappy with.

Ad hoc learning scenarios

Sally spent her last summer break doing works experience with a small local solicitors firm. She learned a lot about the career and found the experience valuable. The solicitors were pleased with her contributions and have asked her to return for more experience whenever she has the time, however they have made it clear that they are not in a position to be able to help her with funding, nor can they afford to employ her.

Support Services used

Sally attended networking events hosted by the university Law Society, she was handed business cards and invited to keep in contact with a few local firms by email, this is how she found her summer work experience placement. She also uses the university careers service who keep her informed of deadlines for applying to large solicitors firms, about graduate schemes and about further education courses available to her. She receives regular email alerts from “milkround”, a graduate job search engine but rarely has time to read them.

Learning type

Learning from practical experiences: Sally learned a lot from her work experience, it improved her confidence and gave her a better insight into how the legal system works.

Information and Communication Technologies

Sally uses on-line forums and Skype to communicate with peers and lecturers as well as friends and family. She regularly uses e-books and e-journals as part of her studies but wishes that searching for the relevant ones was less time consuming.

To help her with her transition she would like someone to tell her what all of her options are. She would also like help with writing her CV and knowing who to send it to. Sally knows that all of the information is out there but would like it to be better organised, she feels that it is easy to find information if you know which career you want to follow, but difficult to find out what careers match up to her skills and interests. Sally uses on-line forums and Skype to communicate with peers and lecturers as well as friends and family. She regularly uses e-books and e-journals as part of her studies but wishes that searching for the relevant ones was less time consuming.

To help her with her transition she would like someone to tell her what all of her options are. She would also like help with writing her CV and knowing who to send it to. Sally knows that all of the information is out there but would like it to be better organised, she feels that it is easy to find information if you know which career you want to follow, but difficult to find out what careers match up to her skills and interests.