Summer Vacation Scheme Student at CMS

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
Aberdeen Scotland
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Commercial Law Corporate Law

8.3/10

About You
8.5
The Organisation
8.2
Everything Else

8.2

About You

Role Description

Summer Vacation Scheme Student

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Although perhaps not originally intended, my assigned buddy was not in the office for the majority of my placement. However, I found this to be of great benefit as this made my two week vacation scheme incredibly "real life" as I was treated in the same manner a new trainee would be and was given similar tasks from many fee-earners as opposed to just one person.

10/10

2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

My vacation scheme began a week earlier than the other students but from day one I was made to feel incredibly welcome at CMS Aberdeen. The work I was given varied in difficulty but I never felt that I was given something just to keep me occupied.

9/10

3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

As previously mentioned my buddy was not in the office for the majority of my vacation scheme. This meant a lot of the time I was left to my own devices. Personally, this led me to gain far more out of the two week period than I had perhaps originally thought. I had to figure things out on my own, much like a trainee would have to do. In saying that, if I was ever in a position that I needed support, there was always someone available in the office to offer guidance.

7/10

4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

The skills I developed will allow me to apply the knowledge gained from my studies in a practical way. For me, it cemented the shift of the law being an academic creature to a business creation. I believe that the skills developed over this vacation scheme will put me in a more comfortable position for when I begin the diploma in legal practice this September.

8/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

Again, at no fault of CMS, my placement had little structure. Beginning a week early coupled with my buddy being out of the office meant that my placement was very flexible compared to the one offered to the students beginning a week later. However, I found that this flexibility worked to my advantage and I throughly enjoyed feeling like a trainee in the office. In essence I was thrown in head first to the CMS world. Although 5 may seem a low rating, I've marked this down on the basis of the question as I wouldn't have had it any other way.

5/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

I was lucky in my two weeks that I got to experience two completely different atmospheres in the same office. In week one there was a complicated litigation case about to go to court so the atmosphere was tense and very high pressured. However, in week two once the paperwork had all been submitted it was a more relaxed atmosphere. This allowed me to catch a glimpse of both sides of life when working with high-powered clients.

8/10

7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

A two week period is a short time for personal training and development investment. However, during my time I attended an oil and gas seminar hosted by one of the partners and was present at an office-wide team meeting.

7/10

8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

The vacation scheme helped a tremendous amount in my understanding of what it would be like to work at CMS Aberdeen full-time. A traineeship is a two year commitment that can't be undertaken lightly and I feel the best way to understand where you are best suited is to emerse yourself in the firm, which is exactly what this vacation scheme offered.

10/10

9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

Everyone was incredibly welcoming, friendly and down-to-earth. Had it not been for the insight I would have never truly understood this as admittedly I originally perceived that a high pressured environment would not have been as welcoming.

10/10

10. How valuable was the content of the day in helping you to decide on your future career path?

Before attending the vacation scheme I knew that I wanted to become a commercial lawyer: my views have intensified since completely the scheme. I am now even more focused to achieving my goal.

9/10

Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?


12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

I undertook work from various departments allowing me to network with most of the office. The penthouse was also a great place to undertake networking as everyone came together for lunch.

10/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Again, due to starting the vacation scheme a week early I missed out on the opportunity to attend the social event between the trainees and the summer students. However, I did my best to ensure I was included in all other aspects of social life in the office.

5/10

14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

I heard a lot about the CMS World Cup that takes place every year and I know that everyone in the office is given the opportunity to play for the team.

8/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes I absolutely would recommend this vacation scheme to a friend. As previously said, a traineeship cannot be undertaken lightly and for me, a two week vacation scheme is the perfect way to ascertain if you are a fit with the firm you aspire to work for.

10/10