Having just written a short post on what happened in 2012, I thought it would be a good idea to try and put down what I think will happen in 2013.
The truth is that if I thought 2012 was going to be a year of uncertainty, I was wrong, and if any uncertainty of what the next 365 days has in store, 2013 is going to be it.
There are several reasons for this, firstly in 2012 I knew where I would be at the beginning of the year, and had a very good idea of where I would be at the end of it. I would start the year doing my Graduate Diploma in Law, and results permitting, end the year doing my Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). There was very little chance of those things not happening as it was a natural progression from one degree to another.
However as I enter in 2013 this is not the case. I know that I will start the year doing the BPTC, and halfway through, once again results permitting, I shall be called to the bar, however I honestly have no idea as to how 2013 will end.
Once being called to the bar, baby barristers have to undertake a 12 month pupillage, a sort of paid practice session, after which they hopefully get offered tenancy in a set of chambers to which they can practice in. As with most students starting the BPTC, I know the likelihood of getting to that stage is an uphill struggle to say the least.
Some statistics say that out of every ten students on the BPTC, one or two will make it to pupillage. Coupled with the fact that last years BPTC students get this years pupillage’s and so on means that the chances of 2013 ending with me being in a pupillage are low (but not impossible).
Which of course begs the question, what will I be doing when the chimes of Big Ben ring out on 31st December 2013? I for one have no idea!