1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a work experience student, we were given presentations in the morning for four out of the five days. Disappointingly, most of the presentations didn't provide us with any new information. We were then each assigned a department e.g. corporate, banking, infrastructure etc. Unfortunately, we were set minimal, easy tasks by our trainees.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I feel that I have improved my inter-personal skills slightly. I have learnt to work well in a team after the business exercise on the first day. Overall I haven't actually learnt any new skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The good part about the programme was that you were able to gain an insight into several different departments as you were on rotation throughout the week. Unfortunately, the programme didn't meet my expectations and thus didn't enjoy it to the extent that I thought I would have. It was a disappointing experience.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
As a work experience student, you feel valued at Pinsent Masons because they produced a timetable etc. You were introduced to everyone in your department and more often than not, the other members of the department, including the senior staff, were very happy to have a short chat and appeared genuinely interested in your career plans.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Upon first glance, the programme appeared to be well structured. We were sent a timetable in advance and then given a timetable upon arrival on the first day. It appeared to be a very professional and well structured programme. Unfortunately, there were many moments when I had nothing to do and spent several hours 'twiddling my thumbs' as the trainees had nothing to give me to do.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My training provider provided me with good support. I knew I could ask questions if I needed to and we were told many times to ask as many questions as we liked.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Everyone is very friendly and approachable. There is lots of guidance and advice available if you need it. All the trainees are very happy to talk to you and share their experiences.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
We are not paid as this is a work experience programme which is voluntary. Therefore Pinsent Masons is not responsible for any costs incurred by me.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I know that there is the opportunity to take part in sporting activities such as hockey and tag rugby but it depends on the time of the year. The firm seems to organise many social events. As work experience students, we didn't attend any though - but that was to be expected.
9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
Ultimately, Pinsent Masons seems like a great place with friendly and approachable staff. However this is only the case if your actually a Trainee Solicitor or an employee of the firm. As a work experience student, there is little to do and so perhaps the work experience programme is not the most worthwhile. Overall, I would not discourage anyone from applying to the firm when it comes to Training Contracts after university!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
Don't leave your application to the last minute. As long as you have good grades and a passion for the programme you're applying for, it'll be great.
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