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Career Services Megathread poll!

Hey everyone! Megathread Poll?  

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  1. 1. Which interview questions would you most like to see included? Click as many as you like.

    • Where did you go to law school?
      37
    • What career plans did you have when you came to law school?
      40
    • What kind of practice do you have now?
      53
    • Why did your career plans change (if at all) between going to law school and your current practice?
      50
    • What compensation and benefits are available in your career?
      51
    • What are the best things about your job?
      58
    • What are the worst things about your job?
      56
    • What career goals do you have now?
      39
    • Do you have any regrets about your career choices?
      46
    • What personalities are the best fit for someone in your position?
      36
    • What do other people (family, friends, acquaintances, other lawyers) think of your job?
      25
    • Other (post below)
      4
  2. 2. What format should these posts take?

    • Q&A
      42
    • Essay / paragraphs
      21
  3. 3. How long should these posts be?

    • I want to hear everything! Take your time.
      47
    • Keep them index-card sized for easy browsing and have a follow-up thread for Q&A
      16
  4. 4. Cool with you if we lock the thread from the outset, with mods posting the responses into the locked thread?

    • Yes, I like having it as a standalone resource without clutter
      44
    • No, I want to be able to have an in-line discussion about each new post without having to flip back and forth
      19
  5. 5. How much authentication do you require?

    • I'm fine with users PMing responses to mods (more responses, but possibly dubious)
      45
    • I want mods to receive e-mails from work addresses to verify that users are who they claim to be (fewer responses, but more likely to exclude trolls)
      18

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  • Poll closed on 08/16/18 at 03:59 AM

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Hi everyone!  As discussed in another thread, there's a general sentiment around here that it would be helpful if we deflated the constant chatter about Bay Street on this board with a broader discussion of what the other 99.5% of lawyers in Canada -- including the vast majority of those that do go to Bay Street, then quit --- do for a living.  

This poll (which closes on August 15) seeks to sort out what it is you want to hear.  If you have any other ideas for this thread, let us know below!

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Someone suggested the following:

  • What your average work day/week is like <-- Definitely asking this one
  • What you enjoy most about your work environment
  • What you enjoy least about your work environment
  • What made you stay/leave your current/last position (from big law to boutique, or whatever the circumstance)
  • What mistakes you see others around you doing in the name of career aspirations
  • What you would do differently, knowing what you know now, if you were starting over today and seeking articles

Those of you voting "other", let me know which of these you like, or which other questions you'd like to see asked.

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@barelylegal great idea, and I would expand on that further and ask of any perceived positive or negative impact (if any) your school choice actually had on your career prospects and current situation.  I don't have any experience on the matter yet, but a lot of what I've heard and read leads me to believe that choice of school might matter to get your career started, but has a much more marginal impact once you start practicing.

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Is an Option C feasible re locking or not locking? I'm thinking something along the lines of mods reserving however many pages at the start to post current and future responses and then later pages can be for discussion. That way people who just want the resource can just look at the first X pages and people who want to discuss specific responses can do so without needing to create new threads.

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Uriel I don’t know where you find the time to do this, but I suggest everyone appreciate the effort! I also work in ‘biglaw’ and it’s enough of a struggle for me to find the time to go for coffeee with the odd student, much less manage a Q&A.

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I figure I'll just combine the two.  There are a bunch of people I should be checking in with from a BD perspective anyway; there are worse reasons to get together than to interview someone about how great their jobs are!

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On 8/2/2018 at 5:25 PM, Queensberry said:

Is an Option C feasible re locking or not locking? I'm thinking something along the lines of mods reserving however many pages at the start to post current and future responses and then later pages can be for discussion. That way people who just want the resource can just look at the first X pages and people who want to discuss specific responses can do so without needing to create new threads.

Seems complicated.  As the Q&A gets filled out, the discussion will start on Page 4... then Page 9... then page 15...

I guess the advantage of this approach would be that you can block-quote within a thread but not outside of it.  Thoughts, anyone?

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Wow, 53 people have voted.  Sounds like there's enough interest in this thing to get it going.

I'll kick it off after the poll closes on the 15th.

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I will definitely be contributing answers to this thread when it comes out. 

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Okay!  Thanks, everyone!  The feedback looks like this:

  • Fairly broad range of questions sought with a focus on the pros and cons of different practices, and how plans and ambitions change over time
  • Q&A interviews rather than essays
  • Interviews will be in a standalone, locked thread with an associated comments thread
  • No interview length limits
  • We will not insist upon high verification standards, and will accept legitimate-sounding interviews from reliable members of the community

I'll get started on all that once I wrap up the first handful of interviews.

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