[End of the Week] 28th March 2010 March 28, 2010Posted by Travis in End of the Week.
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- E-sign your name [Peninsulawyer]
- Pocket to-do [Lifehacker]
- French Connection: Google’s Adwords Clipped by Louis Vuitton [Legal Bytes]
- The most useful blackberry productivity apps [useful things]
- Part-time and partnership bound? [totally legal]
- The importance of not being called the wrong name [corporette]
- Minxy has returned [Lawminx]
- Last Day: Daycraft giveaway [notesinabook]
Keep-fit: getting in some extra exercise March 28, 2010Posted by Travis in Personal Life.
Today is one of those days that when I was a kid I would have looked out the window and though, maybe I’ll get the bike out today. And I would drag it out of the garage only to find that the tyre had gone flat over the winter months. But the initial excitement would still be there. Today I wanted a bike.
It is important to note, that I’ve absolutely no use for a bike, they are surprisingly expensive and the novelty would wear off after 10 minutes in the cold.
The coldness is the problem. I started self defence classes last year (as my keep-fit routine) but they changed it to monthly instead of weekly in 2010 so apart from my daily walk to the train station I get no exercise. It is pointless joining a gym, working and living in different places and it is still too cold to do much outside. I played badminton the other week which was incredibly refreshing, but unlikely to become a regular thing.
How do you fit keeping fit into your busy routine?
Many people bike into work, others have a run during their lunch hour. The secretaries are even comparing their morning wii-fit routines and levels that they are unlocking (and I suppose the wii-fit is better than nothing).
I need something cheap and straightforward to fit around my life. Suggestions anyone?
First Impressions are a two-way thing March 20, 2010Posted by Travis in Interviews.
Graduates. Looking for a training contract (or any job as the case may be at the moment). When we have an interview we are so worried about making a good impression, saying the right thing, looking the part, particularly in these difficult times. We forget (sometimes) that the firm also has to impress us.
I’m not saying that anyone is holding out for that *one firm* when training contracts are scare but consider this: if you had the pick of firms, would the firm be an absolute yes, a contender or would you say no straight away?
On another note, I was talking to a colleague about interviews, he had told be about a bad interview he had had with a particular recruiter at a well-known firm. My colleague made the decision that the firm wasn’t for him, and ended up working at another large firm. When the time came for him to be considering a move (now with 5 years experience under his belt) that same firm heard he was looking to move and approached him. He said no. In the end the firm got the previous recruiter to call and apologise. He still didn’t take the job – but it goes to show – we are the lawyers of the future. One day, recruiters may regret not hiring us when they had the chance. They should still be trying to impress us – even if we are not right for them there and then – they should realise – we will be back!!
How to get kicked off a train… Write a List March 19, 2010Posted by Travis in Daily Commute.
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While sitting on the train during my commute yesterday, I was shocked to read in the paper that a man was kicked off a train for writing a list including the band the Killers.
The Press Association (18/03/2010):
A musician has spoken of his shock at being removed from a train for “behaving suspiciously” by writing a list of songs which included the band name The Killers.
Tom Shaw was travelling on South West Trains when he began writing a list of song titles which his band The Magic Mushrooms would play at a forthcoming gig.
But the 25-year-old was approached by two security staff employed by the train company and asked to leave the train at Fareham railway station.
The world has gone mad.
It is one thing to employ “a team of highly professional rail community officers” completely another to have a bunch of idiots who fail to use their common sense. The fact that the poor guy had to explain the list is also slightly worrying – as it should have been obvious on closer inspection.
Also worrying that these so-called rail community officers can read my writing material – I manage my to-do list for the day on my morning commute and work on my blog postings in the afternoon (or sleep). Plenty of commuters (many of which are lawyers) work on the train – amending contracts, reading updates etc. Many other commuters work on computers – replying to emails, working with spreadsheets and reading reports. And those that are students frequently study. Does this mean that everyone’s material can be read if they are acting suspiciously? (whatever “suspiciously” might be). What about all the blackberry and iphone users… surely common sense should prevail and we should be able to read and write what we like on a train – otherwise how else will one pass the time. Sure we all casually glance around to see what others are doing, but I’ve never seen anyone writing or reading anything to cause concern.
Get your finances in order. March 16, 2010Posted by Travis in Events and Talks, Working Life.
I attended another JLD event a couple of weeks ago, this time it was hosted by Wesleyan for Lawyers. It was clearly an event for the purpose of marketing their financial advising services but I thought there was no harm in signing up.
However, I didn’t get a lot out of the session – it just left me with a list of things I should probably check regarding my finances. In summary:
- Do I have income protection?
- How long does my firm grant protection? (typically up to a month)
- What debts do I have?
- Can I pay off any? Can they be consolidated?
- Do I have a Credit Card? Do I utilise benefits? e.g. Air miles.
- Do I have Life Assurance through my firm?
- How much does my firm contribute to my pension?
- How much do I contribute? Is it a case of “when they pay me more, I’ll start paying in”
- What goals do I have for my pension?
- On my current scheme/contributions what would I get out of it at the end?
Somethings you might like to think about yourself.
[End of the Week] 14th March 2010 March 14, 2010Posted by Travis in End of the Week.
Mother’s day today. of course my mother is holidaying in sunnier climes so no actual celebration. Spent the day watching the Formula 1 and various movies that have been on the TV all day – how lazy of me. If you too, like me are having a lazy day, be sure to catch up on some reading of from this week.
- How to make an impression in 25 ways [Dragos Roua]
- The 22 Minute Meeting [Scott Berkun]
- 31 things you can do in a minute or less [Small Notebook]
- Check your laptops at the door [Young Lawyers Blog]
- more on the Teletubby Eco-Home [The Planning Blog]
- Unsalaried positions - the legal position [MAB Law]
- 50 little things you can do to empower other people [Life Optimizer]
Negotiation [video] March 12, 2010Posted by Travis in Coffee Break.
Many of you may have already seen this video: but again fitted in with the theme of this week’s seminar – that you should know what the walking away point is, particularly when negotiating on behalf of someone else.
Wigs, dogs and mediation [Video] March 10, 2010Posted by Travis in Coffee Break.
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Been a busy few days in work, so I’ve not had much time to blog unfortunately as most days I just want to curl up in bed. Yesterday I attended a seminar on ADR / Mediation and they shared with us this little gem:
[End of the Week] 7th March 2010 March 7, 2010Posted by Travis in End of the Week.
Another bunch of links of stuff I read this week and would like to share:
- How to handle a Narcissist [webworkerdaily]
- 1 Chicken, 17 Healthy Meals, $26 Bucks, No mayo [Cheap Healthy Good]
- How to: Easily download all the photos you are tagged in on facebook [MakeUseOf]
- 100 useful Social Networks for Job Seekers [College Times]
- 6 Surefire ways to fail at your next interview [workawesome]
- How to ride your bike to work [Sietch]
Week #3: After Work Drinks March 7, 2010Posted by Travis in Life at Large Law Firm, Working Life.
This week has still been busy, but with more secretarial rather than fee earning type work this week, much to my disappointment (and to my supervisor’s annoyance it seems as well).
We also had a couple of team meetings this week, and our legal updates talk which was really interesting which included guest speakers. I’ve also had more opportunities for chatting with people, I met one colleague at an event I attended during the week, and other colleagues all made it out for a few drinks on Friday after work, although the time people left the office ranged from 6 to half 8.
It was nice to see everyone is a more social context – it was a great laugh and everyone is a lot of fun. I found out a lot more about my colleague’s hobbies, relationships, interviews and all sorts. I think everyone found out more about my hobbies, what I did in my old job, my commute and my supervisor people about my notebooks. I think I also came across as more of a tomboy than people previously thought I was: drinking beer and talking helicopters. But as a whole I think it went okay.