1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job role was effectively to act as a junior researcher, assisting trainee lawyers in different departments. This involved being set a number of research tasks by the relevant supervising trainee - all of whom were very friendly and approachable.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I was able to further my capacity as a researcher, and was able to develop my opinions well. Additionally, the feedback I received from my supervisors helped to sharpen my analytical skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The days felt very long and slow-paced, but I think that this was in virtue of the legal environment. Whilst the experience was thoroughly educational, I think that I am personally suited to a more fast-paced environment.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
I was given significant praise for the completion of my tasks by my supervisors. However, some supervisors were incredibly busy and the contact I had with them was limited. I felt that this was a result of poor organisation by the programme's hosts.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The induction was very well done, and well presented. I felt that the training section of the programme was incredibly exhaustive, and went into far too much detail for a work experience programme. We had an overly enthusiastic IT manager who was insistent on inundating us with superfluous information on the grounds that it interested her, and that put me off a lot. The programme was ultimately decently structured, and we had tasks for each day.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My supervisors tended to be very helpful. I received help throughout the duration of each day, with hints and tips to ensure that I was going in the right direction. Support was very easily accessible.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
The people at Pinsent Masons were a delight, and are the type of people I would definitely want to work with.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
Link your studies and experiences to the programme; outline your ambitions - whether law or otherwise, you don't necessarily have to be set on law to go for the programme; be confident in your approach.
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