1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I was a work experience student along with five other people. Over the course of the week, we were given talks and presentations regarding what life was like in a law firm. This included certain people's journey's in the company as well as different interactive exercises that would make us 'think like lawyers.' In the afternoon, we would go to our practice groups and be given work by our supervisor regarding things that they too were working on. This gave me an insight into the sort of things that a lawyer would do on a daily basis, and highlighted to me that no two days were the same.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, I developed my communication skills whilst having conversations with my supervisor and other work experience students. Likewise, I received advice on the university application process which I would not have received in my school environment. I also was given insight on the professional working environment in a law firm and how different departments vary from one another. I really enjoyed learning and building my knowledge on the running on a law firm.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoyed my work experience as it has been unlike anything I expected and given me a broader insight into my thoughts on studying law at university. The people whom I worked alongside throughout the week were extremely friendly and welcoming, which made me feel a lot more comfortable given how nervous I was the first day.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
As a work experience student, I expected to be given the simpler tasks such as photocopying or anything else that would help tie up loose ends. However, this was not the case as I have been challenged with some of the tasks I was given, which I enjoyed as they made me feel like the work I was doing was really valuable and important to the team.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The entire programme was very well structured which allowed for the questions I had were answered throughout the week .Every talk was very useful to my decision making of applying to law in the very near future. I enjoyed how the day was broken up, where I wasn't just at a desk all day in isolation, but I was able to interact what my peers in the morning and learn from their similar experiences.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Each of my supervisors were very willing to give me valuable work and answer any questions that I had about them, no mater how simple or straightforward they were. I was never made to feel unwanted or like a burden on them, no matter how much work they had to get on with. I think the supervisors, along with the others in the team were extremely helpful and welcoming towards me.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
As a work experience student, everyone in the team was very nice and helped me if I needed any guidance with anything.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The work experience programme is voluntary.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Certainly; I was invited out for lunch with my team I worked with, which I never expected. Likewise, our final day was a none uniform day, which helped me see everyone as a 'normal' person, who isn't' consumed by law and only do law related work. There was also a selection of restaurants nearby, therefore our lunch hour was often spent thinking of where to go.
9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
I believe that they are the total opposite of what people would expect from a law firm. Those who work there are extremely friendly and I couldn't have asked for a warmer welcome. Likewise the agile way of working helped me socialise with the other trainees there, whom I aspire to be like in the future years.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
Take your time on the application process and keep reminding yourself how the points that you are mentioning will make an employer hire you, as these skills will come in handy in the university application process.Similarly, enjoy yourself as the week will be over before you know it. And thirdly, ask as many questions as you can; no question is ever too stupid or simple. Your supervisor will be happy to answer any questions you have, whether about their job or even the university application process.
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