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  1. Why the fuck am I only finding this now?!? Game changing.
  2. At this point, I feel obliged to ask: do you have a commemorative POG collection, how extensive is it, and where was the garage sale?
  3. Yeah, I agree. If they ask you about the white water kayaking on your resume, they're probably (a) somewhat interested and (b) trying to figure out whether having you as a mentee is going to drive them mental. So answer the question being asked. And answer like a person. You don't get bonus points for being able to pivot like a parliamentary secretary on Power and Politics.
  4. If I recall correctly, the cheapest schools were uvic, UBC, UNB, and Manitoba. I’d go to one of those schools, if I had a redo.
  5. If you are advising OP to liquidate assets for the purpose of hiding them from government lenders, then it may not literally be the worst idea, but it’s pretty close.
  6. It can seem like a trap question, insofar as it's impossible to fully answer "who am I?" without citing several Continental philosophers. But it's not a trap. As suggested by Hegdis and FineCanadianFXs' answers above, no one expects (or ever wants) Being and Time in an interview for a legal position, any more than they want the audiobook version of your resume. Instead, it's an overview question. It's an opportunity to ease into the interview by talking about an interest, an experience or two, etc. Pick something. Keep it light, if you want. It doesn't actually matter that much what you say, because you'll get to substantive experiential questions later on if you don't cover them off the top.
  7. "I believe I spent several hundred years honing my archery skills in an Elven wood. But lately I've gotten really into my work as a volunteer bodyguard for a diminutive jewelry courier, during which time I've been engaged in a homicide contest with my best friend, a bearded, axe-wielding miner." Sorry, I've never promised to be helpful here
  8. Do you enjoy single ply toilet paper? Finding vomit in unexpected places? Hearing your very drunk floor mates play 2:00 am laser tag without lasers? Then today, for the low, low price of your sanity, you could live rent free as a residence advisor during law school! Terms and conditions apply. Please see above erinl2 post for additional details.
  9. I think some won’t notice that mistake. I think some won’t care. Some might notice and care. You might be a tough sell with the third group now. But if you write to correct the mistake, you’ll have notified the people who didn’t notice. And you’ll let the more relaxed readers know that you’ve worked yourself into a state of neurosis, such that you’ve been obsessing over a typo to the point of needing to issue a correction. Leave it alone. This stuff happens.
  10. I don't know if it directly answers what you're asking, but this is a very good @Uriel post on being a stressed-out articling student:
  11. Employers look at practical experience to gauge demonstrated interest and to look for transferrable skills, among other things. When you're asked questions about your experience, your lack of experience, your internship, or your interests, you should look at the question as an opportunity to demonstrate what you bring to the table. And you must bring something to the table, by virtue of having been in a legal setting. Unless you spent your six months of articling in a sensory deprivation chamber, you either worked on things or watched others work on things. You therefore must know something about file management, client management, etc. You must have enjoyed something, either in law school or post-law school. The employer is interested in hearing about those things. Otherwise, they presumably would not have offered you the interview. Honestly, you do sound depressed. That's okay. I get depressed too. But you need to deal with that, because I think it's colouring your outlook. You're coming up with fanciful ideas of starting over. You're posting that your past experience is meaningless, you make it sound like you have nothing to offer, and you're speculating about employers' motives in refusing you as a candidate. It's understandable how you got there, and I assure you, I know it's tough to get out once you start feeling that way. But if your state of mind is overwhelmingly negative, that's going to impact your motivation, your confidence, and your decision-making. That's not going to help you find employment. For me, when I feel the way you do, it's about healthy routine. Exercise, eat well, and give myself structure. And then, if that doesn't work, it's time to seek professional help. If you want any more of my input on this, you're welcome to PM.
  12. This is such a bonkers thing to say
  13. I try to set a couple of rules for myself here. I haven't the slightest clue whether I come off as aggressive or not, but I believe that I would seem more aggressive if I didn't follow my own rules. Hopefully this doesn't come off as preachy -- I'm not pretending I'm particularly helpful, or that I've solved the internet. But finding ways to stay sane online does allow me to stick around and enjoy our weird little community here. First, I try to know when to walk away from a topic. I'm strict with myself on this. In fact, if there's disagreement with something I post, I typically give myself one chance to reply (I break this rule, but it's adherence to the spirit that's important). After that reply, it's time to let go. Getting into long arguments is distracting for me. Once I'm locked into a position, it's easy to take it personally when others disagree. After that, it's a vicious circle. The farther down the rabbit-hole I am, the angrier and more locked-in I get, and down and down we go. It's better to avoid that. Cut it off early. When I do, I'm happier. And quite frankly, I think it's more considerate to others. I do not like reading one thread where one person hijacks the conversation, by trying to convince everyone that they're right. This is a community. It shouldn't be all about any one poster. And part of that is staying out the way to allow others to post. Second, I know to walk away from the forum. I've posted relatively consistently for the past few years. But every few months, I will take a break. Sometimes I'll still browse on that break. But I'll stop posting for a while. Breaks are healthy. They give me a chance to reset -- to come back with a fresh mind, where I'm not irritated by seeing the same issues cropping up over and over. I'll definitely do this if I have a legitimately adversarial exchange. If I'm biting someone's head off over an online disagreement, that means it's time to step away.
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