Vacation Scheme Student at Shoosmiths

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Birmingham East Midlands
Review Date
Commercial Law


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

Role Description

Vacation Scheme at Shoosmiths LLP - in the corporate department, completing tasks for my department and tasks for my own presentation which I had to deliver at the end of the week.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

The vacation scheme was very enjoyable as I was able to get involved with different parts of the business.


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

I felt valued as if I had a question or query, someone would always be willing to help and answer me.


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

My host was very supportive and guided all of my tasks.


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

They will help me massively.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The insight was well structured as I was allocated tasks and I had to decide how to best structure my day - there were also regular check ups to see how I was progressing.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere was good - everyone was really friendly.


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

The firm invested in me by supporting me and helping with my work.


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?

It helped me a lot as I now know what the day-to-day tasks of a solicitor at Shoosmiths entail. I learned this from observing colleagues and through the work I did myself.


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

A lot - culture was talked about a lot and the company values were shown through how the employees worked.


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

Very valuable - it made me realise that I do want to pursue this career.


Other Information

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

I was paid for the week I worked at Shoosmiths.

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

Not particularly - but I did meet a few other colleagues through collecting money for a dress down for charity day.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

I met people through working at the firm but there were no particular networking events set up.


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

Yes - I was invited to a BPS event by my host which I thoroughly enjoyed.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

yes - it was enjoyable and informative.