1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a work experience student I moved around each department where I was assigned a supervisor to help me with tasks that day. I was introduced to all the staff involved in each department and given an overview of their role. Each task was different and varied depending on which department I was with, but tasks typically involved doing some research into the different areas of law, how they worked in practice and then applying it to a practical task related to a client the company had either previously dealt with or was currently dealing with. I was responsible for my own work however it was all checked by members of staff.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
This did not offer any qualifications but was an invaluable experience, it taught me what a working week was like, how to manage time. It also taught me some practical skills involved with a law career.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
This was a thoroughly enjoyable, the experience of work, travelling a further distance and meeting new people was a valuable in itself. The company and employees worked well as a team and I certainly felt involved within this. The experience as a whole exceeded my expectations, it was well organised, professional and enjoyable.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
At Pinsent Masons i felt like a valuable member of the team, they were understanding of the previous education of the work experience students so targeted tasks well to suit this. Before visiting Pinsent Masons and while on the experience program I felt appreciated and my work was recognized, however it would have been valuable to maintain the contact after leaving the program.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The program was well organised, every day had an agenda that worked well for both the company and work experience student. There was a gradual introduction which ensured that all students were at the same level and all questions had been answered. There was constant support available throughout the program which was extremely useful and is a typical example of the company's organisation. The mentor system was well organised as it meant that there was a member of staff who was working alongside you ready to help whenever needed. There was clear organisation and structure within each department where every member of staff was acknowledge and valued.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
There was constant support from a mentor, but this was not overpowering as they also allowed you to continue tasks unsupervised providing you felt comfortable. They were easily accessible throughout my time at Pinsent Masons and made sure all questions were answered. Each mentor seemed happy to help and were always enthusiastic to future plans and time within the company.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
As i independently organised to visit Pinsent Masons and am still in full time education I did not receive outside support for this experience.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I am currently unemployed.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Pinsent Masons appeared to provide a range of opportunities outside of work, included company and charity events, this is similar to my own situation (full time education) as professionals are pushing and providing opportunities for others to progress personally and professionally.
9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
As a company they were approachable, helpful and professional, three qualities that are essential to progressing in a company.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
Be outgoing, confident and willing to take on advise as it will be useful in the future.
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