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Role Description

Administrative assistance, who handled various case-loads.

  1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  2. I enjoyed my placement a lot. I was very lucky to be in the team that I was in and was given plenty of opportunities.


  3. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  4. I was always thanked whenever I had done work on a particular file, and my hard work did not go unnoticed. In addition to this, I was given plenty of opportunities such as attending court, attending awards evening and attending clients meeting, which once again highlighted to me that I was a valued member of the team.


  5. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  6. For the first month of my placement I had a one to one every week, in which my mananger would check how I was getting on and we would discuss what I wanted to acheive from my placement year. After my first month, my one to ones continued only once a month, however this was plenty. In each one to one, we would discuss my progress and whether I had met my targets. We would set 3 objectives, and my manager would always suggest ways in which I could accomplish these.


  7. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  8. Due to being on a litigation team, my work load varied from day to day. On some days, I would have a very light work load, due to waiting for instructions etc, however this enabled me to get involved in things that were not directly work related. Such as volunteering and charity events.

    On other days, I would have a very heavy work load, which to begin with was difficult. However, I managed to improve my time management skills and priopritise my work load.


  9. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  10. At the start of my placement I had little responsibility as I was just learning to general processes and procedures. However this soon increased. I began making applications for court and writing bespoke witness statements. This responsibility continued to increase, and I was able to attend court and take part in client meetings.


  11. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  12. I learnt a variety of skills. I improved my legal skills, such as drafting, negotiation and legal judgement. I also improved my transferrable skills, such as time management, communication and organisation.


  13. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  14. Friendly, It was an open plan office so there was quite a friendly feel accross all teams.


  15. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  16. The initial set up was organised, with all the induction and training. However after that it began to feel less like an organised placement and a bit more like a temp job.


  17. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  18. There was more than enough training for the area of law that I was based in. However it would have been nice to have experiences other areas of the law.


  19. What were the perks on your work placement?

  20. 5/10

  21. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  22. Shoosmiths would be a great company to work for, and previous placement students have come back as trainee solicitors.


  23. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  24. Yes, due to it being a large law firm, there were quite a few other placement students.


  25. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  26. n/a - lived at home


  27. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  28. n/a - lived at home


  29. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  30. Yes, law awards evenings, quiz nights, christmas parties etc


  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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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Banking and Finance Law

West Midlands

18th November 2015

£12,000 - £13,999

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