1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I was a basic work experience trainee for a commercial law firm Pinsent Masons, it involved doing tasks which relate to real commercial law scenarios. Some work was live, so was actually used by the firm for clients, some work were learning tasks where by I would do tasks which teach me about commercial law such as finding definitions to relevant terms.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have gained better social skills and learned lots more about the world of commercial law in specific sectors. I have also learned a lot more about what it takes to achieve a successful career and how everything you do before an application counts.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I very much enjoyed it as it provided me with a new wealth of information and brilliant insight to a this type of lifestyle.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
Very much they provide you with great resources, are very helpful and welcome any questions and enquiries.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very much organised. Before I joined the firm I was provided with a time table of the week which gave me an overview of what sectors I would be sitting in and at what times. I was also given directions to the firm and also a dress code. When I arrived, everything ran very smoothly and there were no complications.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
A lot. They answered any questions thoroughly and enthusiastically as well as teaching me efficiently about their current sector.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Enough, I was mainly supported by trainees so I didn't come into much contact with managers or partners which was a shame. Although any high ranking employees I spoke to were very polite and helpful.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
This was an unpaid course as it was only a weeks length with basic tasks to be completed. But it is still worth the travel and preparation.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
No although they provide you with lots of information for future programmes such as gap year placements, vacation schemes and training contracts.
9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
It was informative and helpful. Everyone in the firm was polite and gave brilliant advice as they were a very educated and experienced staff. It was also a very new and different experience as I don't have a full time job and other than previous work experience programmes haven't spent any time in an office environment which is smart and productive.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
Talk about all the experience you have had before. Any jobs, work experience programmes, courses, extra curricular, anything that comes to mind because most people have good grades but other experiences is what will make you unique. Attention to detail in your application is also important, proof check your answers and make sure it is well set out with well written, clear and informative answers. Show yourself off as much as possible.
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