Vacation Scheme at Shoosmiths

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Nottingham East Midlands
Review Date
Less than £ 10,000


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I found the insight really enjoyable, everyone in the firm was friendly and made me feel welcome. I was given lots to work on including a mini assignment and project which I was assessed on as well as work given to me by my supervisor which gave me an insight into trainee work.


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

I did feel valued during my time at the firm. I was given real jobs to do by my supervisor. Obviously there is only a certain level of work you are able to do as a vacation schemer due to your lack of training however I was given jobs a trainee may do which made me feel like I was making a contribution to the team.


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

I was buddied up with a trainee who was my supervisor for my placement for the week. She provided me with jobs to do which she went through with me after I had completed them which was really helpful. She also gave me some really good advice and guidance on what I should be doing within the office and talking to the people around me.


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 and information i received will undoubtably assist me in my degree studies and beyond. I gained a valuable insight into the typical work a trainee carries out and so this has given me a good indication of what to expect in the future. I also gained more knowledge of what corporate law entails which will help in my degree.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The insight was well structered. I was given a timetable on my first day which set out what I needed to get done each day and any deadlines I had. There were also recommendations on how I filled the gaps in my timetable. I was continually emailing throughout the week with further information so felt everything was very organised


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Everyone in the office was very friendly and made me feel welcome to the firm. Within the office the atmosphere was not stressful and everyone was very friendly and supportive to one another. Everyone I spoke said how much the company adheres to its values and how much they enjoy working at the firm.


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


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 insight did help me to understand whatit would be like to have a full time role with the company. The fact that I sat amongst the corporate team meant I was aware of some of the work they were carrying out and what they were working on. Also the work I did was what a trainee may do so helped me understand what a job would entail.


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

The insight did help me understand the company culture. One of my assignments required me to plan a day prioritising jobs and when I would get everything done. In order to decide when to do things I had to look at the company values and what they thought was important which helped me understand the company culture and what it wants its employees to do.


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

The content was useful in helping me decide on the my future career path. It has confirmed that I would like to pursue a career in law and given me some insight into a practice area I previously knew little about. Also sitting amongst lawyers has given me an indication of the typical day a lawyer has so given me some information on this.


Other Information

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

I was paid £285 for the 5 days I worked there. I was also given a £40 lunch allowance which I used on food for a buffet for the office on the last day. This was definitely adequate as I was paid like any other job I would have at my age and also the fact I was paid made it feel more like I was carrying out an actual job rather than just experience.

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

Yes. I was given a £40 allowance for lunch for the week. My supervisor suggested I use this to put on a buffet at the end otf the week for the office whcih gave me the chance to talk to members of other teams and network with them. Also in general in the week I was encouraged to chat to people round the office and meet other employees of the company.


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?

I would definitely recommend this insight to a friend. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming as I am sure they would be to anyone on a vacation scheme here. Also I gained invaluable experience of what working in a law firm is like so I am sure a friend would have a similar experience. It was also a great chance to meet and chat to some lawyers.