Summer Vacation Placement at Gateley Legal

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Manchester North West
Review Date
Less than £ 10,000

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About You

Role Description

Summer Vacation Scheme Student.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Enjoyed my placement very much so. It was informative and fun, and gave me really invaluable experience. The experience really instilled in me that that is the career path that is right for me.


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

I immediately felt part of the team, I was given real work to complete and a high level of responsibility from the beginning which helped to make me feel really valued. The department were all lovely and very friendly to me from the beginning which also helped.


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

I was able to go to my supervisor with any issues, and the other members of the department. HR were also there to help with any issues I might have been having, had I needed it.


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

I have gained an invaluable insight into the workings of a law firm, and have gained skills for life. Not only in terms of the work I did but also my people skills - I have gained confidence.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

The structure was great, I felt as though they were prepared and ready for me to arrive and they had organised socials and training events throughout the two weeks for us all to get involved in - in order to gain a perspective into the different departments.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

I had so much fun, my department were so lovely and I felt part of the team as they included me in all of their inside jokes. I felt like the right balance was struck between social events and work.


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

From the moment I started I was sat down and given a run-down of the department and the types of work they do, as well as the types of work I would be doing during my time with them. I was also given work to do that had the aim of improving my personal development.


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?

Every piece of work I was given, and I completed was relevant and I could see how it was going to help the client. The type of work I did was akin to that of a trainee Solicitor, and this made me feel excited to work a full time job with the firm.


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

I immediately noticed that the visions and values cited on the company website, were in fact accurate. Every person I met encapsulated the core visions and values that were stated on the website. I also experienced first hand the cross departmental nature of the firm - doing work with other departments and being able to see how that work would benefit them and their respective clients.


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

Incredibly valuable. I was already set on this career path after some short work experiences. But this two weeks in the firm allowed me a proper flavour of the career and of Gateley. I was excited and motivated every single day and was always up for being given more work.


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

I was paid for this experience. The amount of pay was very generous and reflected the amount and type of work that I had been completing.

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

My department made sure that I was involved in lots of work that was cross departmental. We had socials with the trainees and then had a lunch with two partners. My interview and group presentation also enabled me to meet other partners.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

The networking events and socials were great and a lot of fun! It enabled me to see that the lovely and friendly attitude of my department was not limited to that department, but that it was in fact firm wide.


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

I heard about sporting activities and extra-curriculars that many of the employees got themselves involved in.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I would 100% recommend this placement to a friend. I had so much fun and felt incredibly valued. I was given insightful and interesting work to do and was never bored. The other people on my placement were lovely and made my time even better.