1. Please give an overview of what your work experience involved:
I spent four days at Pinsent Masons completing work experience. I sat in two seats with three different supervisors however I met many other people along the way. My time there started with a full guided tour and a thorough health and safety presentation alongside an IT introduction. I then went on to spend 2 days with Banking and Restructuring in which I completed a security review on a loan agreement,I found this very interesting and challenging. My supervisor set me up in a meeting with someone from the commercial team - an area which I definitely want to go in to when I'm older. I also took part in group tasks where we mimicked the conditions in assessment centers and interviews in order to build on our skills. I spoke to many people on the team all of who were very happy to help. My second seat was in PD&I, where I completed a draft lease summary which both challenged and enthralled me, I also managed to pet the office dog! We took part in a CV workshop in which I made amendments to my CV in order to increase my opportunities. The overall experience was lovely, I made many great contacts and was made to feel like part of the faculty,this has left me with a lot more knowledge than before which will stay with me when I go on to apply for university and puts me ahead of others my age
2. What training and skills development did you learn from your work experience?
I was given IT training and took part in a CV workshop as well as interview style group tasks. I learnt how to work and act in an office environment and also how to interact with others. I learnt what life is like working in a solicitors firm and it spearheaded my ambition to go there.
3. To what extent did you enjoy your work experience?
It was thoroughly brilliant! I loved every moment and only wish that I could stay for longer. I believe that the PRIME programme that Pinsent Masons offer is refined and very targeted to the needs of those who apply. I felt assured that those around me were knowledgeable and could place my trust in them to teach me what I needed to know.
4. How well organised was your work experience?
I was always informed of where to be and when. And was provided with a thorough timetable to stick to. Information was given to me about which tasks to complete and when to hand them in,as well was why I was doing them. Moreover I was taken for extra experiences such as dial in meetings and video call meetings targeted at trainees.
5. How much did you learn about the company culture and what it would be like to work there?
The company culture was impeccable. The diversity was evident throughout as well as a focus on current issues such as LGBTQ and staff wellness. This made me feel much more at ease and I think that working there would not only further you as a worker but also give you an enjoyable work environment.
6. How much did your work experience help you in deciding on your future career path?
When I first came to Pinsents, I was unsure on which path to take to become a lawyer. Whilst I was there I spoke to countless people who informed me on the different pathways into becoming a lawyer and the challenges that could be faced when on that path. It has given me a wider understanding that a degree isn't the only way!
7. Were you paid or reimbursed for this experience?
Throughout my time I was given food vouchers for my lunch each day, in the cafe which was delicious. At the end of my time I was given an expense form which I was told about at the start of my experience, this could be filled out meaning I would be fully reimbursed for travel and any other expenses I needed to pay for whilst at the firm.
8. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees?
Yes, there were countless opportunities for networking as I managed to get many contacts from people who I hope to be working for one day! I was involved in many group activities,got to meat other teams, was taken to dial ins, and was also taken into video call training meetings in which I learnt what it was like being a trainee
9a. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
I learnt things which I did not know, and as I had heavily researched many aspects Of becoming a solicitor I was impressed. Throughout my time there I felt safe and looked after, I also had a great time in a positive work environment which felt fun yet ambitious. I would definitely want my friend to experience what I did.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
Make sure that you keep an open mind and don't just put down one specific area of law in your application,I did this and found many other teams did projects and day to day activities which were not only fulfilling but had a great impact on many different aspects of society.
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