1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Each day I spend a day in a different department, completing tasks such as drafting emails, filing out forms to submit to Company House, and general admin roles.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have enhanced my communication skills and ability to understand difficult concepts (especially within the banking section) which will certainly help me in later life.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I cannot express enough how nice everyone was. The wok atmosphere was truly amazing and I felt at ease almost instantly. There is no feeling of intimidation and everyone I asked for help from would help me out immediately which was great.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
The majority of the tasks I was set felt useful and that they were contributing to the firm. Although some felt more like secretarial roles, I think these were just some of the jobs every solicitor has to do on a day to day basis.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very well organised. We were in a different department every day and had designated times for special presentations and lunch time so that we could spend it with the other work experience students.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
A lot of support. Some of the trainee's gave me their business cards so that I could contact them in the future if I needed anything. All my advisers offered something completely different but were all willing to help.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Quite a lot of support. Most of the day you are left in your department so you rely on your mentors who are really helpful anyway which is great.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
No salary or travel costs included so there could maybe be some scheme to provide these in the future, but I think the experience was great without them
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Definitely. I overhead many of the trainees talking about working in a disadvantaged secondary school which was great and sports team as well so something for everyone.
9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
I think the atmosphere and the culture of the firm are the two key elements. I think that's got to be the most important thing when considering a firm.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
I would make sure you stress your grades as it's very competitive! Ultimately ensure you come across well rounded (as all the people on my scheme were) and that this is a worthwhile experience
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