With Rising Popularity Comes Greater Responsibility
Yeah, there is a lot of movement on my blog and Failed BPTC is being thought and talked about! I somewhat feel obliged to clarify few things:
Is this blog a desperate attempt to get attention? Yes, it is but not for me as an individual. It is designed to bring attention to the key point: Course providers are ripping off their students! Then when things go wrong these students are left to their own devices. My job here is to tell those people that whatever non-sense they learnt during the BPTC, they can and they will make it only if they truly want to.
So...... what's the message? [please read this question in Keith Lemon voice] The BPTC course failure (or any other failure for that matter) does not define you!
See here as well for some more inspiration https://applyshinewin.com/
Am I going to handover another 20k of my money to get the qualification? Absolutely not. I no longer have it, remember? And course providers aren't in a charity business. But also because this course is not worth that much. There are other routes to the Bar. There are other ways of funding. In ideal world, chambers who will hire me will pay for this course, should the BSB reform not happen in the next few years. In the meantime, I am exploring the alternatives and believe me, there is a whole world of opportunity out there!
How bothered was I about the fact I lost my money? Extremely. To the point where I will not mishandle my finances/savings like this ever again.
See this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlGBkcEFxdw he talks about real estate but hey the same applies to the BPTC.
Was the BPTC utter waste of time? Yes and No.
Yes, because the course doesn't really teach that much especially when one compares the amount it bills, quality of teaching, sessions time investment, inflexibility in learning and that it promises to get its students ready for practice. My argument here is that the same thing can be done a lot more efficiently and at much cheaper price tag.
No, because despite of the ultimate result I have learnt a lot in my own time about practice, some of the law and more about procedures. I expanded my skill set quite significantly. But was I prepared enough to represent a client the day after my exams, definitely not. This is the issue. BPTC teaches you one thing and then you get into practice just to re-learn everything you paid 20k for - how does that make sense? But this was supposed to be the positive part so look, I did pass most of the assessments. It is reassuring to know that according to BPTC grading I can examine-in-chief very competently or that I know how to draft documents to a borderline outstanding standard.
My advice to future generation: Think very carefully about your purpose and goal, and ask yourself, do you really need to do this specific course and do you really want to do it right now?