Career Clinic: Is diversity more important at US firms?
I am an American and British citizen currently embarked on the GDL conversion course. During my undergraduate degree in Chinese I applied in the penultimate and final years for vacation placements at magic circle and medium-sized City firms. Surprisingly, my applications were generally declined in the space of a fortnight.I have sounded out various solicitors, tutors and careers advisers for advice, with the result that it seems my diverse background has been a detriment rather than a benefit in my applications. Do UK firms appreciate a colourful background in their graduates or is it putting them off? Might I do better to apply instead to international/US firms with an office in London?
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