Urban Diplomat: Do I have to booze it up to get a job at a Bay Street law firm?
Dear Urban Diplomat,
I’m articling at one of the big Bay Street law firms. The other students and associates go out and drink a few nights a week. I don’t drink, but even if I did, I couldn’t keep up with all those late nights and early mornings. I’m worried that when it comes time to hiring, the students who party will have a leg up. Do I have to drink to get a job?
—Boozeless on Bay Street,
KING WEST CONDOVILLE
Putting in long hours and quality work should speak louder than your colleagues after three martinis. That said, you should join your co-workers for happy hour, if only to show them that you don’t need to drink like a sailor to have a good time. Unlike the rest of your cohort, you won’t be nursing a constant hangover, so you’ll have plenty of energy to work like a stockbroker in the ’80s (minus the coke). If the firm doesn’t hire you, brush it off knowing you worked hard and maintained your integrity. You’ll be unemployed, of course, which might drive you to drink anyway, but at least it’ll be on your terms.
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