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Career Advice

Posted on Wednesday, 18th of April, 2012 @ 9:13am by Seventh Year Prefect (G) Evan Grant & Professor Margaret (Maggie) MacAulay & Seventh Year Prefect (G) Jennifer Collins & Seventh Year (G) Barnabus Collins

Mission: New Semester
Location: MacAulay's Office

[Jennifer's Consultation]

Jennifer walked into Professor MacAulay's office. "Hi, ma'am."

"Hello, Miss Collins. Have a seat." When Jennifer was settled in her chair, Maggie continued. "Have you considered a career path?"

'Honestly, no."

"I've looked over your school work. You could go into any of a number of fields. What interests you?"

Jen shrugged. "Puzzles. Charms. Transfiguration. Research. I don't know. I like school, mostly."

"Have you considered being a codebreaker? You'll need excellent charms, defensive spells and a sharp mind. That would be a good career for you."

Jennifer shook her head. "Codebreaker? I've never thought of that particular career."

Maggie handed her a scroll. "Here's some information. Look it over and come back and talk to me."

Jen took the scroll and thumbed through it. She stood and nodded. "Thank you, ma'am."

"You're welcome, Miss Collins. I just wish all my students were as easy to help as you."

[Evan's Consultation]

Evan sat in the hall waiting his turn for his Career advice appointment. It was a required part of fifth year and he dreaded it as he was unsure what career he wanted to pursue.

Jennifer walked out and MacAulay's voice called. "Mr. Grant. Your turn."

Evan walked in to MacAulay's office and took a seat in front of the desk.

"Hello, Mr. Grant. You know why you're here, correct?"

"To decide what I am supposed to be when I grow up?" Evan said

"Have you considered what you'd like to do with your life after Hogwarts?"

"I would like to be a Solicitor." in the future

"For Wizengamot? Or for Muggles?"

Perhaps both I could work for my father's firm and help wizards and muggles alike kinda like a Legal liaison.

"I think that's an excellent idea," Maggie said, smiling. Several scrolls floated over to Evan. "Read these and have a talk with your father. I think, between the scrolls and your father you'll get all the advice you need."

"Thanks Professor." Evan said as he started to read the literature she had provided giving no hint he intended to leave.

"I suggest you take that with you," Maggie said. "I would love to let you stay here and read, but I have other students I must see before the end of the day." She indicated the door. "Feel free to come back if you have questions. LATER."

"Of course Professor," Evan said as he stood to leave. "Have a good evening ma'am."

[Barny's consultation]

Barny sat in the hall, waiting as well, and reading one of the books professor Longbottom had suggested to him. If he could retain the material, he might just pass the OWLS for herbology... Might. To be honest, he'd rather be studying in the library where he stood a chance of seeing Fiona, but he also knew that he studied better when he wasn't distracted. He let out a sigh. To be fair, it wasn't Fi's fault. It was his. She seemed to study just fine. But in Barny's head he kept remembering the dance.

"Come in, Mr. Collins."

Barny quickly stuffed his belongings and walked into the office. He looked around the office, taking in the wall of books and the overstuffed chairs. The comforts... He could smell tea and dust and paper and books, as well as quite a few trappings of wizarding. He just couldn't see this for himself, at least not in the forseeable future. He wanted to be out there, travelling, studying in the real world. Maybe when he was old... When his joints weren't working so well, when the cold of winter made his limbs ache. He took the offered seat and looked at Professor MacAulay.

"Sit down, please. For you this is more of a formality. I believe you alreayd know what you'd like to do with yourself after school. Am I correct?"

Barny nodded, "I was hoping to work with the department of mysteries, as an investigator. Mainly physical phenomenon, natural magics and the like." He looked at the professor.

"The Department of Mysteries generally locks everything up for occasional study. It's not at all what you think it is," Maggie told him quietly. "Have you thought of a career with Magical Equipment Control or Magical Land Management? They might be more to your liking." She handed him two scrolls.

"Might I have one for Auror as well, at least then I'd be sure of travel..." Said Barney dejectedly.

Maggie waved her wand and another scroll floated across the room and landed next to the other two. "There may be some possibilities outside the Ministry. You might find working for a company like Olivander's or one who makes potions to your liking. They often need people to go out and find the items they need for their wands and spells." Two more scrolls joined the pile. "It's worth considering."

"Maybe, I came in so sure, but now it will take some time sorting through it all in my head." He gave her a half grin, then quietly left the office.

Maggie looked at her list, pleasantly surprised that she was done. All in all, not a bad series of meetings.


Professor Margaret (Maggie) MacAulay
Fifth Year Prefect (G) Evan Grant
Fifth Year Prefect (G) Jennifer Collins
Fifth Year (G) Barnabus Collins


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