I was part of the Recruitment team within the HR department.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed the internship. Being able to not only work within the team I was with but also on a firm-wide project meant I got more of a feel of the firm than I would otherwise.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I definitely felt as part of the team. From day one I was given tasks they would otherwise have done, showing that they valued me. Being able to ask questions and do jobs that went beyond my internship's scope was also really valuable.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My supervisors were all approachable and urged me to ask questions about the tasks I was given and the work they were doing.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
They kept me busy, but made sure I didn't have too much on my plate. In fact, they made sure I always left work on time.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given about as much responsibility as you might reasonably expect as an Intern joining a firm for one month. That being said, my tasks changed throughout the month, showing that they trusted in me and were willing to give me more complex work when they believed I was ready for it.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I developed will certainly assist me when applying for jobs. Shearman made sure the tasks I was doing were relevant to the career I am pursuing, and we also received a wide variety of training such as presentation workshops and personal branding sessions. Being able to work on a firm-wide project also allowed me to interact with support staff from different departments as well as lawyers.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was relaxed, but professional.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
We received a timetable on the first day which were later amended to suit the tasks we were doing. This meant we knew what was going on at all times, without it being too rigid.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Very impressed by the amount of training and development they invested in us. We had talks with the different support staff teams to learn about their roles in the firm and a wide variety of relevant training.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Although appealing, it is unlikely I will get a job with them at present. They do not run the internship to find new employees, but rather to give opportunities to students or recent graduates.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes. There was a good social scene both amongst the interns and within my department. The firm paid for us to go on several socials, such as junkyard golfing, and we able to attend the firm summer party and other social events as well.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The office is based in London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife in London is second to nowhere.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
We were encouraged to attend activities outside of work, and I was invited to several of these during the internship.