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Old 23-12-2022, 01:38 PM
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Looks good bro - itís likely that your PQE is what will draw up issues
Any good reason why you didnít want to go for big 4 for your first 2 firms?

Theyíre likely to ask you that - because if work life balance is what you were after from the beginning, theyíre bound to ask you that why a change of mind
Truth be told I didnít go for Big 4, as my overseas uni isnít that a good one and like I felt I would be no match for NUS SMU students. Frankly speaking I feel that sometimes. As such I was ready to just settle for any small mid outfit. Thatís what happened to practically all those in my year of that overseas uni cohort.

Well shortly after I signed contract with current firm #04, a big firm shortlisted me for interview. But I felt it wouldnít be right for me to attend since I already have a contract and politely declined. Deep inside I kinda wonder what would have been.

Would I be marked if I try to reapply?Thatís my worry as I think Iíve mustered up more experience and would hope to step up.

Firm #04 has well given me quite a good grounding legal practice wise la, but thereís so much limitation one can go. I know SA or partner is never going to happen.

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Old 23-12-2022, 01:42 PM
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Are you from local or overseas uni? Passed Part A and B on first try?
Resit for part A / B will come up when negoing salary? Any seniors experienced this before care to share some advice?



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Looks good bro - itís likely that your PQE is what will draw up issues
Any good reason why you didnít want to go for big 4 for your first 2 firms?

Theyíre likely to ask you that - because if work life balance is what you were after from the beginning, theyíre bound to ask you that why a change of mind
I didnít think my university would be good enough for the Big4. Further at that time all I wanted was to get called with no intention to stay on in practice but well fast forward this isnít the case. Further, my peers landed chinatown sweatshops, mid, barely any making it to a big firm.

Shortly after I signed contract with firm #04, well a Big4 called me for an interview but by then it was too late, and i felt it wouldnít be right to attend, since I already landed a job. Furthermore, it would be no guarantee I would get the job anyway. Would I be blacklisted thatís my worry, as I wrote in to decline the interview.

Part of me wonders what would have been. But well, mainly remuneration and I think Iíve reached a point I donít want to get stuck in small-mid firms forever.

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Old 23-12-2022, 02:49 PM
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Looks good bro - itís likely that your PQE is what will draw up issues
Any good reason why you didnít want to go for big 4 for your first 2 firms?

Theyíre likely to ask you that - because if work life balance is what you were after from the beginning, theyíre bound to ask you that why a change of mind
I felt that even with FC from a lower ranked overseas uni, I wouldnít get a foot in the B4. I have no daddy mummy connections. As such I was just ok to settle for smaller medium sized firms as the plan was just to get called. But well, things changed and I decided to give myself a few years in practice.

I signed with firm 04, as it reminded me a lot with the mid firm I spent a year with. Pretty much similar size wise, and work life balance wise. However, after signing contract with this firm I got shortlisted for B4 interview earlier this year by one B4. However I wrote in to decline the interview as I felt it was not right since I signed contract already.

Am thinking of applying there again, my worry is that I would be blacklisted.
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Old 23-12-2022, 06:17 PM
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Anyone else finds it strange WPís counsel band starts at 10k?

s://.mycareersfuture.gov.sg/job/legal/counsel-wongpartnership-ac5432e3674ceb57a3078f986c28a5f2?source=MCF&event= Search
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does anyone know what B4 working arrangements are like? is it full WFO?
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Old 24-12-2022, 06:59 AM
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Anyone else finds it strange WPís counsel band starts at 10k?

s://.mycareersfuture.gov.sg/job/legal/counsel-wongpartnership-ac5432e3674ceb57a3078f986c28a5f2?source=MCF&event= Search
Meaning itís too little or too much in your assessment?
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Old 24-12-2022, 08:42 AM
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Seems like the first batch of suss graduates are all doing well with small to mid size companies.
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Old 24-12-2022, 11:01 AM
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Looks good bro - itís likely that your PQE is what will draw up issues
Any good reason why you didnít want to go for big 4 for your first 2 firms?

Theyíre likely to ask you that - because if work life balance is what you were after from the beginning, theyíre bound to ask you that why a change of mind
OP here. I didn't think coming from my overseas uni was good enough for B4, let alone expect to get a FCH, so I was content to just settle for any small-med size practice for the sake of simply getting called. During RLT/TC time I had no intention to stay on in practice. However, well, things changed.

While my current and one of my previous mid sized firm offered good work life balance, after spending time in these kind of outfits, part of me wants to move up the ladder. There's no chance of making SA, let alone Director-partner.

One concern, however, was after signing contract with firm #04 (my current firm), a Big4 shortlisted me for interview, and by then, I had to decline by email, as I felt it would be wrong to do so having signed contract with my current firm. Would it be worth reapplying again? I'm a bit scared of being blacklisted.
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[QUOTE=Unregistered;237583]Looks good bro - itís likely that your PQE is what will draw up issues
Any good reason why you didnít want to go for big 4 for your first 2 firms?

OP here. FCH was not something I expected to get, so I was content to just settle for any small-med size practice for the sake of simply getting called. I had no intention to stay in practice then. My RLT and TC firm is one of the 4, which I spent a year in thereafter as assoc.

While my current (Firm #04) and one of my previous mid-sized firm offered good work life balance, after spending time in these kind of outfits, part of me wants to move up the ladder. Pay is stagnant and thereís no prospect of making it partner, let alone SA.

One concern, however, was after signing contract with firm #04 (my current firm), a Big4 shortlisted me for interview, and by then, I had to decline by email, as I felt it would be wrong to do so having signed contract with my current firm. Would it be worth reapplying again? I'm a bit scared of being blacklisted.
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