I have read a few related threads on here and had a search but can't find anything tackling my exact issue.
Basically I finished a total of 6 years study last August. I'm now sitting on a BA in politics and an MA in law. I don't have years of career experience other than the work and voluntary positions I had whilst studying (worked for legal publisher, briefly for a law firm, citizens advice bureau, hospitality jobs etc).
I've come to Canada because I wanted to live and work in a different country.
While I am here I would like to gain work experience that will be relevant to my future, rather than just working as a waiter for example.
I am not currently thinking about doing the NCA exams to qualify as a lawyer in Canada, although if it looked like I had a chance of getting PR and I love it here, I might do it in the future.
What I would like to do is to get some experience connected to legal services, e.g. in administration, clerk, legal assistant etc.
Thus far I have been working on improving my resume and cover letter and looking around at what is available online. I have submitted quite a few resumes to job postings online (craigslist/kijiji/bcjobs). I haven't heard anything from anyone yet but I know that it is competitive and can take time.
My other ideas are to
- head to a couple of recruitment agencies in person and see what they say
- visit UBC careers service for advice (have been told they will talk to me even tho I'm not a ubc student)
- Ring up the legal services society and other organisations for volunteer opportunities
- I have a meeting arranged with someone from Stikeman Elliot to discuss options (she is director, associate and student programs)
If anyone can offer any advice/comment on my ideas or other suggestions that would be much appreciated!
Oh and I'm in Vancouver!
thanks for reading
lastly - I haven't yet pinned down the exact areas I would ultimately like to work in. Broadly speaking I'm interested in technology/IT and media, administrative/public law, government, civil liberties.