1. Please give an overview of what your work experience involved:
I got access to seminars such as commercial litigation presentations and a mock employment tribunal. I also had 2 supervisors throughout the course of the week and we sat in their practise area and did several tasks such as research and looking through contracts to get a feel for the job. We got a feel for having a 9-5 office job as a solicitor and got to see some of what is involved in the job.
2. What training and skills development did you learn from your work experience?
We did some training for business exercises that often come up in interviews and we also went through our personal statements with our supervisors. Another thing we did was a mock employment tribunal which honed our skills such as coming up with ideas on the spot and some public speaking.
3. To what extent did you enjoy your work experience?
I enjoyed it a lot as I really got a feel for how a solicitors office works and what it feels like to work in that environment. I also had the opportunity to ask Trainee Solicitors for their opinions and career routes and they gave me a lot of really helpful information and advice.
4. How well organised was your work experience?
It was very well organised and there was a schedule for the week that we received so we knew what we were doing every day of the week. We also received resources in a welcome pack which all came in useful throughout the course of my week at Pinsent Masons.
5. How much did you learn about the company culture and what it would be like to work there?
I learnt a lot about the company culture, not only from the presentations that were given which demonstrated the values that they have, but also through talks and discussions with people who work there who explained what it’s like to work there and the culture they have as well.
6. How much did your work experience help you in deciding on your future career path?
It helped a lot as I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to become a solicitor or a barrister and whilst I’m still not sure, I have more of an idea of what being a solicitor entails and I have more information about that specific career path and what it includes.
7. Were you paid or reimbursed for this experience?
No except for lunch on the first day.
8. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees?
There was lots of opportunities as you were really immersed in the environment and you met the teams you were within who would chat to you about what you want to do and what you’re currently doing/studying. I sat near a partner in one of my seats and he was really friendly me chatted to me.
9a. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
It seems like a really friendly firm who really cares about its clients and it’s employees. I was made to feel really welcome and everyone there seemed to have a good vibe and good advice for me. They seemed to welcome anyone in and had lots of encouragement for me.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
Take time over your answers as it’s important to understand what the firm is about as it’s good to reference their specialty areas in your application. Also ensure you use good grammar and spell the name of the firm correctly and mostly just show your passion through your application.
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