1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a work experience student we started each day with either a talk or group exercise, including 'Entry to Law' and a business group exercise. We were then assigned a trainee lawyer who acted as our supervisor for the day and gave us an overview of the work of their department, answered any questions we had and gave us work to do during the day. This was typically research, compiling notes or tasks that other members of the team required. We spent each day in a different department.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed my research skills and learnt how to present research effectively. I have also developed my communication skills in terms of talking to more senior figures, asking questions and showing interest. I have gained a very useful insight into the work of a lawyer by listening to a few calls and observing those around me, which is made easier by the open plan set up.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I had a really great week- I found it fun, I met lots of interesting people and got to ask questions, and I enjoyed the city environment.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
This work-experience differed from other I have done in that it was specifically tailored, so we were actually given real interesting work to do. My trainee and often the other people in the team gave me work that is actually of use to the team and then were happy to give feedback on it and seemed to appreciate my work.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme was very well organised with a good balance of presentations and opportunity for Q&A as well as actual working time. Everything ran smoothly in terms of logistics, IT etc.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The trainees were happy to give as much/little support as needed. They trusted me to get on with my work but didn't mind if I had questions and were good at reading my work over and offering comments. They would also give me examples of the sort of work I should be producing so I didn't feel out of my depth.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
See above- there was a good balance of support from the trainees which responded to our needs. My trainees were happy to find work that was of particular interest to me as well.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
We were given a voucher for lunch on the first day but otherwise covered travel and food ourselves, however this was not a problem.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
In the short time I was here I had the opportunity to go to a floor drinks after work where I was able to chat to various people in different roles who I wouldn't necessarily have encountered, and trainees were willing to go to lunch together and introduced me to everyone in the team.
9a. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I had a really fun week and got a good insight into a career in law. Pinsent Masons has a really nice atmosphere and is very welcoming and friendly.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons? *
It's a really worthwhile experience that you should make the most of while here. Ask questions, show interest and be willing and keen to do the work you are given.
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