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“I graduated last year and I’m currently on the GDL, with a training contract from a medium-sized City firm.

“However, I have absolutely hated the course and am feeling like I made a massive mistake rushing into a career in law which to be honest I now feel totally demotivated to pursue. “I have been telling myself that I’d be stupid to jack in such a great opportunity, especially in a recession, but I’m nearly 24, and my training contract doesn’t actually start till 2011. I don’t want to spend the next four years doing something I really don’t enjoy.

“My firm have paid me an allowance and all the fees for the course – if I was to quit after my GDL and pursue another career, would I be liable to pay back the money they’ve spent on me? In my contract it mentions nothing of the course, fees or allowance at all.”

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