Summer vacation scheme student at CMS

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Edinburgh Scotland
Review Date
Less than £ 10,000


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

It has been a fantastic experience. It was my first work experience of this kind and at this level. It was a great opportunity that I seized with two hands and got a lot of help and support from my team. I got on with everyone really well and have definitely made friends here. It's a terrific insight to a tremendous law firm that has truly set the bar high.


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

I felt like I was given a great opportunity to show my skills, and they were keen to give me exciting and challenging work from the outset.


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

My trainee mentor was a great help, and made me feel comfortable and relaxed in the early days. I was also able to go to the rest of my team for help, as well as trainees in other departments. I had several sit-down conversations with people in different departments, which allowed me to get a far greater insight to the work the firm does.


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

I learned a great number of skills, both socially and professionally. I had to meet a great deal of people in a short space of time, as well as listen to instructions carefully and carry out the job successfully.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

Very well strcutured. It was very easy to understand my chain of command, from my mentor to the partners in my team. We all knew what we had to do and had a plan for the entire placement. There was never any confusion regarding places we needed to be or when our assessments had to be done.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

A very friendly atmosphere in which I got on with everyone I met. All of the Banking team were great to me, as were the lawyers in other teams that I asked for help and advice. Everyone was really willing to help me learn and better myself. It is a real team atmosphere here and everyone really enjoys working here.


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

I was allowed to get involved in a lot of phonecalls or meetings, in order to best understand how deals are done. I also got to attend two training meetings in quite a short placement.


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?

I spoke to a lot of people who have full time jobs here and they have totally sold the firm to me. I can imagine life as a trainee inside out now after quizzing them everyday for the past two weeks.


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


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


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?


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?


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


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?