CMS Academy Student at CMS

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Aberdeen Scotland
Review Date
Less than £ 10,000


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I enjoyed how varied the week in London was, we did everything from dances during 'mindful 15' to getting involved in CSR dinners and haing the opportunity to go out on a client visit and run a client meeting which was a highlight for me in addition to the business similuation task.


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

The investment made by the company in terms of flying us to London for the 'Business of Law' week, paying for accomodation, meals and social events during the actual insight made me feel very valued in terms of monetary investment. In terms of work load, we were entrusted with actual work for actual clients and ongoing matters which made me feel as if my contributions during the internship were actually useful.


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

I recieved guidance from the team at graduate recruitment who were always happy to answer questions during the first week. During the actual insight week in a regional office I was allocated both a trainee buddy who sat next to me and a supervisor. I always recieved very straightforward guidance when completing tasks and the team were always very willing to answer any queries I had.


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 learned from working in teams of varying sizes throguhout the insight week have equipped me with the skills needed to work in an open-plan office space in addiiton to getting involved in future team projects. In addition, my public speaking skills and knowledge of the skills needed to build meaningful and strong client relationships will stand me in good sted for the rest of my working career.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The Academy was structured very well, we were given a timetable before the academy started so had a good idea of what to expect every day. The whole academy was structured in a way that allowed for constant feedback to be provided and for constant continued development to take place.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere in London was very different from the atmosphere in the regional offices. As there was always things going on in London and due to the number of us on the scheme the atmosphere was always good and mainly filled with excitement. In the regional offices there is a more relaxed atmosphere which allows you to get to know colleagues better.


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

As the firm is very future facing, they invested a huge amount in terms of educating us on what the future of law would actual look like and how the industry is set to change, this was done through Q&As with various panels such as GE and IBM and also through specific sessions dedicated to innovation and future business models.


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 week provided a very good opportunity to find out what being a trainee within the firm would actually be like, we were allocated tasks that actual trainees would be doing. In addition, being in one of the regional offices provided an opportunity to better understand the firms culture.


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

As we were given exposure to employee's at all different levels in the London office this allowed us to understand the culture in the city from a number of different perspectives, which was future advanced in the regional offices. The culture that is portrayed on the website/branding very much plays out in practice and everyone within the firm seems to genuinely enjoy their job and the people they work with.


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

The content of the work we were given each day definitely helped me in decided whether or not I want to pursue a career in commerical law. We were assigned tasks that would usually be given to a trainee and given a real insight into what the do on a daily basis.


Other Information

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

In addition to recieving a very generous monthly wage, we were also provided with three meals a day and accomodation for the first week of the Academy in London and had all travel expenses reimbursed.

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

Yes, the week in London provided the best opportunity to network as we were put into different teams for each task we completed. In addition to this there were various panels with both clients and employees of the firm which provided a platform to get to know the firms culture.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

In London there was networking drinks after work or opportunities to network over lunch, on the Tuesday evening we had a 'pizza and painting' opportunity which allowed us to work as a team and collaborate on a work of 'art' in a more relaxed and informal environment. During the actual insight week we had 'lunch and learn' sessions, a social event and leaving drinks.


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

Yes, we were informed of this alot during the business of law week and then there was a 'lunch and learn' session specifically dedicated to educating us on the diversity and inclusion groups within the firm and the activities they get involved in. In addition, we were invited to participate in the Pride Parade in Glasgow and football training for the 'world cup'.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes, I would absolutely recommend the scheme to a friend. I also recommend utilising the on-campus brand ambassadors as they can help during the initial application and interview process.The