Vacation shemer at Shoosmiths

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
Nottingham East Midlands
Review Date
Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Employment Law

7.9/10

About You
9.5
The Organisation
8.8
Everything Else

5.0

About You

Role Description

Work experience

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I really enjoyed being able to contribute to client work especially where there was a problem solving aspect to it. I found it exciting to have to research a relevant piece of legislation and use it in order to prove your clients case. This was even more so when it was a matter relating to everyday life for much of society, as it is easier to relate it to your own life experiences.

10/10

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

I felt valued whilst with the firm as team members always had time to talk to me and ask questions and any client work that I did was appreciated. I was always included in events and felt comfortable throughout.

9/10

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

My host and other solicitors who provided me with work always found the time to explain tasks and then also go through the work that I had done to give me feedback.

9/10

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

The skills that I have learnt will be applicable in my postgraduate studies and also once I commence practice. The information I have been given will assist me in my journey to become a successful solicitor and will also be helpful once I commence practice

10/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The structure was good as I always had work to do and in such a manner that it led on to the next task. This allowed me to learn in a much more effective way and found that this provided me with the confidence to complete tasks.

10/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere was nice as it is an open office with a calming atmosphere. People were pleasant and made it a nice environment to be in.

9/10

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

In giving me practical tasks of client work I was able to get an insight into the real work of a solicitor which assists me in deciding my future career. Everyone has dedicated time to my experience and I also received some gifts. I was able to access some of the benefits of the office and also taken out to lunch. It is also a paid vacation scheme.

10/10

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 was within the office environment at all times which allowed me to see how people work. I was given the opportunity to ask question and be informed about how the work is completed and the timescales. People also explained the demands of the job and that sacrifices sometimes have to be made.

9/10

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

Seeing the layout of the office, the benefits, how senior members encourage health and wellbeing and setting tasks based on our judgement were all great in demonstrating the cultures of the firm

10/10

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

Being able to get experience of a few different areas of the firms expertise it gave me an insight into what areas of law I would like to practice in.

5/10

Other Information

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

I was paid for the week

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

I was taken on a lunch
I was invited to events happening outside of work hours

5/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

I was taken on a lunch
I was invited to events happening outside of work hours

5/10

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

By speaking to members of the teams and being able to talk in informal environments gave the opportunity to speak about out of work activities

5/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Definitely! An invaluable experience which I feel is necessary for any prospective trainee

5/10