1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Everyday I would come in at 9:30, have a 45 presentation on a relevant, legal topic. After this, I would join a practice group/department in which I would work until 5:30. This could range from general admin, case studies, research or attending meetings.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt that I am quite good and feel quite confident presenting in front of people and also working in a group. I have developed my analytical skills by really reading into some of the case studies that I have been presented with.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
It was honestly so enjoyable. I have learnt so much more than I ever have learnt on a work experience programme, had a brilliant insight to the life of a solicitor in a variety of departments and helped me make up my mind about what I want to study at university and prompted me to think about life beyond then.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
Everyone is really friendly here, full of smiles and generally remembered my face and name when seeing them around, even after I left their department! Even the security guards quickly came to recognise me so I felt pretty valued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The days were planned out and everything activity kept to the timings really well. The majority of departments had a lot of work for me to do and I was working from the moment I sat down, until the moment I had to leave. One of the departments however, lacked organisation in comparison to the others and left me feeling bored and only had a 30 minute task to stretch out over about 8 hours.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Personally, I didn't require that much support in the majority of tasks but when I did ask questions out of curiosity or for clarification, my training providers were happy to help. As were other people near my in the office.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Every single person that I have come into contact with this week has offered to answer any questions or give guidance and have given their email or told us which floor they would be on.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Well the work experience was a free programme and only takes me half an hour to reach by bus, followed by a 2 minute walk. So overall, really well. Location was brilliant as it's in the heart of the city centre so basically anyone is able to reach it with ease.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are lot of sporting events within the company that I have heard of. I haven't heard of any voluntary placements but if there are I would be happy to partake in one of them. When I wasn't working I was out with friends or volunteering outside of school.
9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
Everyone was really friendly, I have learnt so much and had such a brilliant insight. It has helped me to make the decision of what I want to study at university and what kind of law I would like to progress into afterwards.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
Leave plenty of time for the application as the process is really long. I would have liked to be told a more in depth explanation of the type of activities I would have been involved with before hand.
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