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Role Description

This comprised a combination of lectures, workshops and real work, undertaken in two different departments (Banking and Corporate).

  1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  2. The vacation scheme was a fantastic experience, and I feel we had just the right mixture of lectures and real work in our departments. The socials were also a great way to get to know the other students and the current trainees in an informal setting.


  3. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  4. Everyone from the partners to the trainees was very approachable and willing to help if I had any questions.


  5. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  6. My principals were always contactable if I had any questions of difficulties with a task set, and both went to great legnths to explain the structure of each deal they gave me work on, even if my contribution was only small and did not require such in depth knowledge.


  7. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  8. I have been consistently kept occupied but have never felt to pressurised by any deadlines set.


  9. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  10. I was given a range of tasks which were checked over by my principals before being sent to clients. Of course, given the nature of the placement, direct contact with clients was not feasible.


  11. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  12. The main benefit I have derived over the 4 weeks is the vast improvement in my knowledge of how companies structure their deals and arrange their finances, which will be crucial in my future career as a solicitor and will enable me to approach my final year of studies at University from a much more practically relevant perspective. The banking trainee sessions were particularly useful in this respect.


  13. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  14. All the lawyers were friendly and upbeat, but also took their work very seriously.


  15. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  16. The mixture of lectures and workshops, as well as real work, was well struck. The lectures on the different practice areas were particularly useful in giving us an insight into departments which we would not have an opportunity to sit in ourselves.


  17. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  18. We had a number of workshops and a client pitch which were highly informative, and we were able to attend the trainee sessions and use the Know How on the intranet. Regular oppotunities for feedback and appraisals were also useful in this respect.


  19. What were the perks on your work placement?
  20. Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Company Parties/Events

    Staff Sales/Staff Shop

    Healthcare from home


  21. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  22. This depends on the Training Contract interview taking place next week.


  23. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  24. Each of the vacation scheme students got on very well with one another, and very enjoyed the twice-weekly social events held for us.


  25. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  26. The prices were as to be expected for central London


  27. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  28. The bars in the surrounding area were good for a post-work drink with the other vacation scheme students


  29. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  30. There were many sporting events available and there were social events organised twice a week.


  31. In addition to these questions, is there any extra information you would like to leave about your experiences on your work placement that other students may be interested in?

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Internship (1-4 Months)


Central London and City

16th August 2011

Less than £ 10,000

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