Who else can help with expert advice about re-employment options?
My World of Work is an online service provided by Skills Development Scotland. It offers a unique combination of tools, features and job information helping people discover more about themselves and the future world of work. Visit www.myworldofwork.co.uk.
The Universal Jobmatch service covers the whole of the UK. Many people might not think of it as a place for professional jobs but solicitor jobs are advertised. See www.gov.uk/jobsearch.
You can retrain at universities, colleges and commercial training providers. Scotland does not have specific retraining courses for solicitors, but you may wish to consider what practical courses are available. For example, paralegal courses may be ideal to re-familiarise yourself with the practical aspects of an area of law. Central Law Training (www.clt-scotland.co.uk) and Rewards (www.rewards-trc.co.uk), for example, offer distance learning courses in employment, family, and debt recovery, all areas of law where we are seeing continued recruitment demand. Scotland's colleges also offer courses that may be relevant, and have been used in the past by people returning to work. Our universities may have relevant courses, for example, a postgraduate certificate in employment law.
You may also want to consider looking at the Open University's Outsmart the Recession web pages, which are packed with advice on what to do if you are out of work, and even contain free learning resources allowing you to improve your skills in a range of areas to make you more attractive to potential employers. See www.open.ac.uk/recession.