Vacation placement student at Shoosmiths

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


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I enjoyed the insight a lot, I learnt a lot and felt that I still had a lot to learn by the end of the week. There was a lot that was asked of me, but I feel I rose to the challenge in many respects. Overall, a very good experience.


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

I felt there was a lot of attention given to me, and I felt that I always had some help to hand if I needed it. From the meetings with my host if I wasn't understanding something, to the regular email correspondence throughout the day, there was always someone who was willing to help.


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

I received a lot of guidance and support during the insight. I never felt on my own on a project and the staff and employees were friendly and always helpful. Occasionally, I will try to attempt something on my own, but I always knew my work would be reviewed so I could be confident.


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 assist me in my studies in my degree and beyond, are those that surround meticulous work, detailed planning, team work, prioritization and impartiality. The skills I developed here, will ensure that I look over things thoroughly and am meticulous with my work in the future.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The insight was well structured for the purposes. I did not feel too overcrowded, and there was space for me to get on with me independent projects. But there was also a lot of other work that my host asked of me which I had the time and space to complete.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The general atmosphere during my insight was very friendly, calm and approachable. I never felt intimidated or unwelcome, and the staff made every effort to engage me in conversation and ask how I was doing at that point. Generally, I felt people were really friendly, polite and genuinely interested in what I had to say.


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

The company invested in me through their time and effort they put into me and ensuring that I was always on track. I feel I was trained and developed to participate in this kind of atmosphere in the future and feel better equipped to go into a similar atmosphere later one.


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 have me a great understanding of what it would be like to have a full time role in the firm by the regular nine to five hours and the restricted lunch hours. The overtime also showed me that this is a normality in the world of work generally.


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

The insight helped my understanding of company culture by showing me how things work in the corporate world, like a big firm such as this one. The culture was something I really enjoyed, and I was integrated well enough to get a clear flavor of what this was like in the firm.


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?