• About You
  • The Company
  • Everything Else

    About You

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • I thoroughly enjoyed myself throughout the scheme. I found pretty much every moment of the 2 day programme enjoyable. All of the staff at Herbert Smith Freehills were pleasant and approachable, and the team who actually led the workshop were great, they made every workshop lively and interactive rather than us being bored.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?
  • I felt my time was for the most part valued during my 2 days spent at Herbert Smith Freehills. The workshops were fast paced and dynamic which meant I was not ever bored, and we also had guided tours of the building which allowed me to feel like I could potentially be a part of the firm someday.


  • 3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?
  • I got a lot of guidance from the graduate recruitment team about how to perfect my application for future vacation schemes, and I also received guidance from other trainees and partners of the firm, who were really kind and approachable. I also got support about how best to structure my application.


  • 4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • The information I received was extremely useful in terms of perfecting my application, although I didn't receive much information that could specifically aid me in my degree studies. I found that the information the graduate recruitment team gave was like gold-dust and I genuinely believe I now have the capability to perfect my application.


    The Company

  • 5. How well structured was the insight?
  • For the most part the workshop was very well structured, however there were a few moments where we were left for some periods of time without much to do. I also felt that shadowing a trainee was quite useful, however I felt like they had a lot of work and pressure and we were perhaps a burden on them.


  • 6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?
  • The atmosphere was great during my insight scheme, I got along with everyone at the workshop and the general demeanour of the graduate recruitment team was pleasant and affable. However some trainees appeared to be quite stressed and I hope that my presence on the scheme did not impact their work in any way.


  • 7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • The company did somewhat invest in me, by providing an excellent 2 day workshop and an action packed experience that is sure to benefit my future legal career. However there was not much in terms of 'personal training and development', however this was not to be expected from a first year workshop.


  • 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 programme provided me with a great snapshot into the firm and I received really useful information about how to actually attain a future career with Herbert Smith Freehills. Furthermore, the presentations and workshops with associates and partners who have trained at the firm allowed me to visualise how to progress through the firm.


  • 9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?
  • 3/5

  • 10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?
  • The actual content of the day was great and structured well, this allowed me to determine how best to approach a future career in law. The day illustrated different opportunities that are available at Herbert Smith Freehills, and how I could potentially be a part of these opportunities some day.


    Everything Else

  • 11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?
  • I was paid travel expenses only.

  • 12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?
  • I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to meet many of the trainees, associates and partners of the firm. We had the chance to visit a rooftop bar and networked and liaised with associates and partners of the firm. It was a great opportunity to meet new people and I enjoyed every moment.


  • 13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?
  • 3/5

  • 14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?
  • 3/5

  • 15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?
  • 3/5

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Central London and City

2nd April 2019

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