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Hi, I’m an unretained trainee who is planning to exit for a new career path after I get called. Does anyone have any good suggestions on what are some of the good career opportunities available out there? (Please don’t give troll answers like “law degrees are useless” or “go become a grab driver” because I have spoken with HRs and several other professionals that a law degree is actually seen useful across other industries too.) I’ve got a high 2:1 from a local school and I am also aware that there are industries out there where your degree is not as relevant. I have other friends who are unretained too. Many of them are thinking of quitting law altogether and it will be helpful to hear some of your thoughts so I could share with them as well.

Would appreciate some good suggestions thanks!
The pandemic prejudices many capable law grads who have worked very hard but have made the decision to exit because of the gloom prospects arising from the economic uncertainty (SG just officially entered into a deep recession). As a senior, I do want to help or advise as much as possible because it is a hard decision to be made.

Have a think about what you enjoy doing. Perhaps list out the types of activities you like (do you like research, client-facing, writing etc?) Personally I have known people who did law but realize they love talking to clients and they went on to business development or consultancy roles. I think a few other posters here have mentioned these two roles and I think they are probably quite feasible. I can also think of several cyber security roles including consultancy which is quite highly sought.

Let me know what you like doing and perhaps we can then explore more from there.

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All the non-law professional careers which I personally know law grads have pivoted into:

(1) Civil service (MFA, MTI, EDB)
(2) Business Development roles, as mentioned above, for a range of MNCs
(3) Mid-tier Consulting (but this will almost definitely require some self-study on your part, maybe also an internship/probation period)
(4) Compliance in banks/finance depts

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yea get out of law. charles yeo 30yo liao still making 4.5k - 5k from criminal practice

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Hi, I’m an unretained trainee who is planning to exit for a new career path after I get called. Does anyone have any good suggestions on what are some of the good career opportunities available out there? (Please don’t give troll answers like “law degrees are useless” or “go become a grab driver” because I have spoken with HRs and several other professionals that a law degree is actually seen useful across other industries too.) I’ve got a high 2:1 from a local school and I am also aware that there are industries out there where your degree is not as relevant. I have other friends who are unretained too. Many of them are thinking of quitting law altogether and it will be helpful to hear some of your thoughts so I could share with them as well.

Would appreciate some good suggestions thanks!
- join the public service
- attend coding bootcamp if you can afford it
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- join the public service
- attend coding bootcamp if you can afford it
Bootcamps aren’t going to make you a coder. The statistics by bootcamps aren’t an accurate representation of the employability and the value of the bootcamps. Don’t be misled.
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also coding doesnt put the law degree to use. for the time and money spent on law sch do something with it lah
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Join politics. Win elections. Lose still can be ncmp get allowance
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All the non-law professional careers which I personally know law grads have pivoted into:

(1) Civil service (MFA, MTI, EDB)
(2) Business Development roles, as mentioned above, for a range of MNCs
(3) Mid-tier Consulting (but this will almost definitely require some self-study on your part, maybe also an internship/probation period)
(4) Compliance in banks/finance depts
How does one go into biz dev roles though, do we need sound knowledge of statistics and other software like Scrum and agile?
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How does one go into biz dev roles though, do we need sound knowledge of statistics and other software like Scrum and agile?
BD roles focus on driving business growth and mainly fall into two categories: partnerships (sales) and expansion opportunities (which needs a lot of skills on data and statistics). It is good if you have such skills but many hirers apparently are not too concerned if you have the relevant background when you’re starting out at a junior level. This is because most skills such as CRM specific exp are taught when you’re on the job.
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