1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
The first day I sat through various presentations that I found useful as they stated clearly what would be expected of me throughout my time at Pinsent Masons and some of the tasks I could do. For the rest of the week I had a presentation or workshop in the morning which gave me useful information and skills, in the afternoons I was assigned to a trainee who would show me their department, introduce me to the people who worked there and then gave me work to do that gave me an experience of that branch of law.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I participated in a networking workshop which gave me helpful tips and confidence in communicating with new people. I learned how to do case summaries and witness statements as well as cataloguing case boxes and how to set up a company. I also got to assist researching actual cases which gave me useful skills for when I get to pursue a career in law
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed my week very much. Each day was different with varied activities most of which I enjoyed. Overall I would jump at the chance to participate in this programme again
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
Everyone is friendly and welcoming. I feel the limited amount of work I done was valued and I was made aware that people appreciated my help and the work I done.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
We were given a clear schedule before our placements and this was stuck to perfectly. Each presentation and workshop was well delivered and planned. Each department I got to visit had a clear idea of the work I could do and set me plenty of tasks
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The trainee I was with each day was good. Each one was more than happy to help with any questions about the work,their department or law in general.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The welcome pack given on the first day proved more than useful throughout the week and further information was given to me should I wish to return to the firm in the future. (which I do)
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
N/A- unpaid work experience. As this was work experience I wasn't paid but lunch was paid for each day in the form of a £5 voucher to be used in the canteen which got me a whole hot meal and cake afterwards.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I didn't get the chance as I was only there for a week to do work experience but through talking to trainees I am aware there are plenty of opportunities outwith work such as sports teams and pub quizzes
9a. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I really enjoyed my time here and would be more than willing to return. Pinsent Masons is a great environment to work in, everyone is friendly and welcoming.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons? *
People should definitely apply to Pinsent Masons its a really great environment, everyone is really nice and accommodating.
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