First Year Spring Insight Scheme at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Legal/Law

Connect with this company

9.7/10

About You
9.8
The Organisation
9.8
Everything Else

9.5

About You

Role Description

First Year Spring Insight Scheme student.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I very much enjoyed the insight scheme. This provided a brilliant opportunity to experience the culture of a firm, experience activities including work shadowing of a department enabling you to see the work of a trainee and plenty of networking opportunities. The staff were all very friendly and welcoming, enabling me to feel comfortable in asking questions and gaining a true insight.

10/10

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

I felt very valued during my time at the company, with the graduate recruitment team and staff always being willing to answer questions and were grateful for any contributions during workshops. Further, whilst shadowing in the department any work completed was greatly appreciated and I was treated as a valuable member by being entrusted with many tasks despite only being there a few days.

10/10

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

The graduate recruitment team were always on hand to provide support and answer any questions we had. Aside from this, the other members of staff were willing to provide guidance if necessary. For example, when in the departments the trainees and associates guided me through any tasks they set since I had not encountered some of these before.

10/10

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

One of the main skills developed on this scheme was my verbal communication. This was through having a skills session on pitching, and then putting together a pitch as a group and presenting this to a 'panel'. This developed further enhanced my teamwork which will be valuable in my degree and future career.

9/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The insight was well structured and provided a range of activities to complete which meant that we were kept constantly busy. These included workshops, networking opportunities, work shadowing, group tasks and a social in the evening. There were short breaks in between tasks for food and drink which helped structure the days.

9/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The general atmosphere was very welcoming and friendly which helped me to feel comfortable in asking questions and ensuring I got the most out of the scheme. The other students were engaged and willing to participate which again helped create a positive working environment and an atmosphere I would like to have in a future workplace.

10/10

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

The firm invested in sessions that helped with development of key skills. For example, there was a pitching workshop which provided information about the content of a pitch and the manner this should be performed. We then got to try this out as a group on the second day, and feedback was provided by a panel to help us develop this skill further.

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?

There were two main activities that helped in particular to provide an insight into life at this firm. The first was a session that involved partners and associates from the firms various practice areas presenting key facts about their departments, including their journey, favourite case and day-to-day responsibilities for example. Secondly, the work shadowing in a department on the second day helped to provide us with a first-hand experience of what a role as a trainee would be like.

10/10

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

The insight helped me to understand the culture of the company both by witnessing this, such as through interactions between staff while in their departments, and by hearing honest accounts from the staff. The culture of a company is something that is somewhat difficult to gain without actually being there.

10/10

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

This firm was invaluable in terms of providing me with an insight into what life would genuinely be like at one of these firms. Being able to both witness this first-hand and hear accounts from many different people helped me to decide whether a career in a large commercial city law firm would be for me.

10/10

Other Information

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

The scheme provided a £150 salary as well as reimbursing one journey as travel expenses. This was to ensure that those who live further away from the firm could still access this brilliant opportunity, and the salary could be used for accommodation overnight if one did not live within a commutable distance for example.

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

There were great opportunities for networking and meeting other employees. This included a networking lunch which enabled us to ask trainees questions about their training contract, experience so far and their application process for example. Further, there was a social on the first night with trainees, associates and partners in attendance.

10/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

There were many networking and social opportunities. On the first day there was networking with trainees at lunch, and in the evening there was a social which included having drinks with members of the firm, and the other students on the insight scheme. There was also a networking lunch with our trainee buddy on the second day who was the person we were shadowing, which was greatly valuable.

9/10

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

The members of staff were very willing to discuss their work-life balance - particularly the activities the firm provided in terms of sports. Another activity included pro bono and volunteering work which was advocated by some of the staff as a great experience they have had, which may be either within or out of work.

9/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I would definitely recommend this insight to a friend because of the varied opportunities provided to gain a holistic and honest insight into the firm. This included the culture, the work, life at Simmons & Simmons in particular and life as a commercial city lawyer in general which was incredibly valuable.

10/10

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