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What do you actually do? - a podcast from Careers and Placements

What do you actually do is a podcast released every other week during term time.

Have you ever wondered what a particular job actually involves? Our podcast series What do you actually do? aims to answer that question.

What do you do all day? What skills do you need? How did you get the job? What advice do you have for students?

Get the answers to these questions along with career inspiration, top tips and insider knowledge every other week through term when Kate Morris asks our guest, ‘What do you actually do?’

Each podcast is accompanied by a blog post with a full transcript of the episode and useful links to help with your research. You'll find the blog link for each episode in the podcast description. 


Kate talks to York graduate Jack about training to be a barrister. Jack studied History and decided to train as a barrister after completing the Teach First Programme. Jack explains what skills you need, what he does each day and how you shouldn't be put off by thinking it isn't a career for you.

Full transcript and useful links on the blog.

Jack's bio:

Hi, I'm Jack, a graduate of the University of York and aspiring barrister. I graduated with a BA in History in 2015 and decided to pursue a career at the Bar in 2019, after completing the Teach First Programme. My route into the legal profession has (so far) involved two years of study (GDL and Bar Course), a year working for a judge at the Court of Appeal and a few months working at a litigation firm in Toronto. I will begin my pupillage (which is essentially a year-long apprenticeship) in Autumn 2023.

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