1. Please give an overview of what your work experience involved:
I undertook a week long work experience placement at Pinsent Masons Edinburgh offices. They arranged lots of talks as well as activities that were both interesting and enjoyable. The firm also let you work with two different teams who gave you tasks that made you feel part of the company.
2. What training and skills development did you learn from your work experience?
During the week I learnt lots of new and important skills. I not only learnt how to operate a work computer and work equipment but i also learnt lots of things to do with employment law, such as protective characteristics covered under the Equality Act 2010 and reasons for unfair dismissals
3. To what extent did you enjoy your work experience?
I enjoyed my work experience lots and lots. I felt the week flew by and not only did I make lots of work contacts but also became close friends with other people who were doing the work placement. I am hoping to stay in contact with the firm in the future.
4. How well organised was your work experience?
The work experience week at Pinsent Masons was extremely well organised. There was an endless stream of relevant and interesting talks covering issues such as Diversity and Integration to a Mock Employment Tribunal. When working in the teams, you were given slightly strict deadlines but it was still very manageable.
5. How much did you learn about the company culture and what it would be like to work there?
I learnt lots about the culture Pinsent Masons. The firm has sports teams and I was able to participate with the firm’s six a side hockey team. It was my first experience playing hockey but the trainees playing were very friendly and accepting and we ended up losing 17-4. I scored two!
6. How much did your work experience help you in deciding on your future career path?
I was already very interested in going into the law industry. However the week at Pinsent Masons has confirmed those interests. Pinsent’s is a firm I’d be very happy to work for. The people there are all very friendly and would be ideal people to work with in a business environment
7. Were you paid or reimbursed for this experience?
As I was taking part in a school pupil week long work experience program at Pinsent Masons offices in Edinburgh, I was therefore not paid or reimbursed expenses. However, the firm did provide all pupils doing the scheme with a £5 Co-Op voucher for lunch on the first day
8. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees?
Due to working in a team, there were opportunities to meet lots of employees all the way from trainees to partners. We were also able to get to know the trainees on a personal level both when they were our supervisors and also when they were presenting their talks on law
9a. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
I would recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend as I feel it would be a very beneficial thing for a person to do. It not only acts as a very good experience but also they provide you with a reference which can be used for later applying into the firm.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
I would say that people should be up to date on current events as this will be very beneficial for your application. If the application is successful, I would say that people should make the most out of the experiences given to them and try and make as many friends and contacts as possible.
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