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CV and Personal Statement Questions

If you are applying for university, what interests you about the course? Did any experiences at school encourage this interest? If you have a degree or similar qualification, use this space to tell us about your areas of study/ modules taken/ dissertation topic:

Currently, I am studying a degree in psychology and sociology. Thorough knowledge of psychology and sociology is able to lay an excellent foundation for a stable career, as the attendance of these courses teaches the skills that can be applied in various fields. In addition, the courses attended are oriented at human resource managers, psychologists, sales managers, recruiting agencies’ employees, heads of organizations and other officials, whose main activity is based on work with people. After taking the course on psychology and sociology, I have been able to improve my communication skills by learning to understand other people. The course has allowed me to achieve my professional goals effectively, and learn how to cope with the psychological difficulties of communication.

In general, nowadays, due to the contemporary socio-economic changes, the need to study theoretical and applied aspects of the society, its spheres, organizations and institutions has increased significantly. Factually, it is impossible to overcome the transformations that occur in our society without competent and constantly improving governance. The current situation requires more attention to be paid to social and psychological problems of management. Therefore, I have always been coming out of the fact that the management of organizational and social psychological processes and phenomena, specific management of people, their actions and behavior forms a complex problem, which should be discussed in the specific course. In my opinion, the significance of sociological and psychological knowledge for the improvement of management of different process is determined by the fact that the regularities of social development predetermine the actions of people and, being refracted in their minds, influence their activities. That is, the management of any processes under consideration must consider not only laws existing in a concrete field, but also the laws of the society, human psychology and groups. In particular, I was taking such modules as health psychology, global modernatity, music in the 21st century, and Japanese studies.

Trying to find practical application for the gained knowledge, I was also taking the course of research methods and statistics. In my opinion, the methodology of any scientific discipline is, above of all, a kind of optics, i.e. a view at the world as a reasonably arranged system which is amenable for rational study. I am also applying for another degree course in law or law and business. Education obtained at the law courses provides the knowledge and skills for those who want to know the legal foundations and obligations. The program includes the study of civil law, labor law, family law, inheritance law, tax law, housing law, civil procedure, criminal law, administrative responsibility. The course of Law and legal aspects of business activity is seen as a more specific sphere of my interests; it is oriented at entrepreneurs, business leaders, executives, and includes the study of the basic provisions of civil, labor, tax, inheritance, housing and criminal law, which relate directly to managers and owners of businesses. The course lies in the sphere of my interest because it also covers the issues related to the administrative responsibilities of managers and business owners.

Please describe your job and its responsibilities. For instance, were you involved in any major projects or have any specific duties? Did you achieve anything that you were particularly proud of? Did you receive any promotions or rewards?In its foundation, a steward is a specialist of the enlisted personnel on aircraft who performs work on passenger service, but is mainly responsible for the safety of passengers. Steward is responsible for arranging the pastime of passengers during air transportation, and organizing activities on the flight safety, as well as liaison between the flight crew and passengers. Flight attendant greets passengers on board, helping them take their seats, organizes passenger nutrition, and responds the questions emerging during the flight.

A steward performs all the activities on the safety of flight, being in charge of escape hatches, life jackets, inflatable boats and inflatable emergency splashdown ladders for emergency landing. Stewards also provide continuous communication between the flight crew and passengers, recommending the latter how to behave in certain parts of the flight. As a steward, I possess such qualities as benevolence and communicability, which are very important for making passengers feel comfortable on board. In addition, the flight attendant should also be intelligent and quick-witted, able to make decisions quickly, as during the flight all kinds of situations can occur, should be able to provide first aid. A steward must also be mentally and physically strong, because taking care of passengers on board requires a certain amount of physical and psychological effort.

After having mastered my skills on domestic flights, by reason of exemplary performance of professional duties and good knowledge of languages, I was finally honored to perform international flights. What inspired you to apply for your chosen course? If you are applying to more than one course area, please indicate your inspirations for each.The legal profession has always been one of the most popular, interesting and multifaceted. Professional opportunities of a lawyer are applied to special structures, i.e., judicial, law enforcement, legal services structures, as well as general management and economic structures. Moreover, many jurisprudents, retaining the title of solicitor by education, are engaged in activities formally not considered juridical, but the training of solicitors itself, the scope of their knowledge and skills, and the problem-solving style are very useful in any field. Most often solicitors by profession work in the areas of common activity: trade, banking, insurance, management of legal persons, i.e., joint-stock companies, limited liability companies, state administration.

Today the opportunities for a solicitor to find an interesting job in various areas have greatly enhanced. New kinds of jobs appear in the protection of consumer rights, copyright, market protection from unfair competition, construction business, and real estate activity. In this case it is not just that the number of jobs is increasing, but that the list of positions and jobs which require the knowledge of a solicitor is becoming wider. A solicitor for a businessman is a partner one cannot do without after achieving a certain level of development. Clearly, in this case it should necessarily be a competent solicitor, taking care of his reputation and concerned about the quality of the outcome of each his client’s deals, in which he should participate. However, despite the obvious benefits of involving a third party law firm into resolving complex issues, many businessmen continue to strive to reduce such cooperation to a minimum. Typically, the communication of a hired solicitor and a representative of the sector of small and medium-sized business is reduced to simple representation of an entrepreneurs’ interests in court. Meanwhile, the benefits of full-fledged and regular participation of a qualified solicitor in the life of a small company are obvious. Thus, the profession is in great demand in the labor market. Companies are interested in such specialists as they are obliged to operate within the framework of the existing legislation: pay taxes timely, arrange legally competent contracts and other documents.

It is also possible to conclude that in general legal profession is associated with the ability to positively influence the situation. A solicitor can help an unjustly insulted person, protect the rights of a victim of crime, help a person illegally dismissed from work, restore or protect the disputed property or housing rights.

The attractiveness of the legal profession for me is in its certain independence. Jurisprudents are usually in one way or another subject to their managers, except for judges and people of free profession – lawyers. Yet they make decisions in accordance with the law and interpretation of the law implies independence. The more quick-witted a lawyer is, the more he or she knows, the better his decisions will be and higher his reputation.

It is these opportunities to use one’s intellect and nature that cause a jurisprudent’s satisfaction in his or her work. One develops one’s own style, craftsmanship – and it is a pleasure for the majority of professionals. An attractive feature of the legal profession is the possibility to use it in various spheres of public life, economics, arts, sport and journalism. What is it you are most interested in about the course and why? Do you have any strong opinions on a specific aspect of this field? (This can be from your school studies, wider reading, current events in the media etc). If you are applying for more than one course, please answer the above questions for each.

In my opinion, a corporate solicitor should know:

  • Regulatory and methodical materials regulating the production and economic activities of the enterprise.
  • Profile, specialization and structural features of the enterprise.
  • Civic, business, commercial, administrative, labor, financial, tax and other branches of law.
  • Arbitration procedural law, civil procedural law, the basics of criminal law.
  • Standards of office on legal documents management.
  • Structure of state bodies, local authorities, judicial authorities.
  • Order of systematization, accounting and legal documentation management using modern information technologies.
  • Basic administration.
  • Ethics of business communication.
  • Economics and organization of production, labor and management.
  • Fundamentals of labor law.
  • Rules and regulations of labor protection.

A person choosing the legal profession should understand that the content and nature of knowledge required will vary depending on the direction of the economy and social structure. While the knowledge required in law enforcement is relatively stable, the legal knowledge in the economy will depend on the progress of market reforms and the rise of market production of goods and services.

Another major argument in favor of changing the role of economic knowledge in the training of future legal professionals is that most of the legal issues arising in the civil sector, including state and municipal administration and foreign trade, have an economic basis. For their integrated solutions a solicitor cannot do without the deep and diverse economic knowledge. All the above clearly demonstrates the necessity for a radical revision of the place of economic subjects in the training program for future solicitors. They not only form the educational level, but to a large extent are related to the number of career-oriented disciplines. Therefore the syllabi of faculties and institutes should also include such subjects as Finances, Money and Credit, Audit, Privatization, Investment and insurance activities, Taxation and others.

Enhancing the prospects, based on study of requirements of practice and demands of law enforcement, it is appropriate to create a new specialty, Economic Security, at the intersection of disciplines Jurisprudence and Economy. The educational process in this specialty must unite in harmony and balance legal and economic disciplines, excluding one-sidedness of the current training of solicitors and economists. A graduate of this profession will have high-quality legal and economic training, which will expedite and facilitate his or her adaptation to work in practical conditions. These are the courses I’ll be particularly interested in on my way to become a professional solicitor.Have you done any wider reading to further your knowledge of your chosen subject? (This could include journals, newspapers, magazines, novels, or attending relevant plays, lectures, conferences etc).

To develop my knowledge in the legal field I address to professional literature. For instance, in my opinion, useful might be such journals as Legal Ethics, Law and Human Behavior, International Journal of the Legal Profession, Organization Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Modern Law Review, and Commonwealth Law Bulletin.A good way to learn the profession is to address to the experience of expert presented in professional books and guides. For example, my personal library includes the works by Charlotte Harrison (2010); Penny Cooper, Elizabeth Cruickshank and Sheenagh Nixon (2008); Nicola Laver (2000); Peter Camp (2011); Lesley King and Jacqui Kempton (2011), etc.Significant viewpoints of professionals were presented at the Solicitors Conference 2011 held in UK on May, 4, which are highlighted in the conference’s bulletin. Another important event of the year was the 3rd Annual Solicitors’ Conference for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty held in the British Museum on July, 6. Please give a brief description of yourself, highlighting what you consider to be your strengths and main characteristics.

It is possible to distinguish the following professional qualities and strengths. First quality is the high social adaptation. This quality will allow me as a future solicitor to behave appropriately in any situation, even the most complex and extreme. To capture this quality of a legal professional, one must possess such personal qualities as honesty, integrity, commitment, diligence, high level of justice, which, in my opinion, are inherent in me. I am honest and conscientious in the performance of duties; I have high sense of duty in its moral aspect. The most important requirement of morality, in my view, includes honesty, integrity, subjective belief in the rightness of the activity and sincerity to others and to self in regard to the motives of conduct. Another professional quality is emotional stability. Possessing this quality implies that I am resistant to stress and able to control my emotions and behavior. Such a solicitor will retain working efficiency even in critical situations and react adequately to various events.

The third quality is the desire for high intellectual development. A solicitor really should be erudite, broad-minded, have high mental performance, active cognitive processes, developed intuition and imagination. High cognitive activity is very important for a solicitor, because one would feel not so confident without it. I also should note my communicative competence. A solicitor should not simply make contact with all parties of communication, but also have the ability to understand their inner world. These competencies, together with the benevolent attitude to people, willing to work and a sense of humor will help me maintain normal communication with my clients and understand of their objectives.