Vacation Placement at Shoosmiths

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
Birmingham West Midlands
Review Date
Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Administration/Secretarial Banking - Commercial Business Management Legal/Law

9.9/10

About You
9.8
The Organisation
9.8
Everything Else

10.0

About You

Role Description

There were various tasks that I was able to get involved in. I did research, administrative tasks, sat in on client calls, undertook presentations. There were also more technical legal tasks, including updating a company share register which obviously required more guidance.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

It was an absoloutely fantastic overall experience. My tasks were varied, everyone was incredibly friendly and approachable and not at any point did I feel a burden.

10/10

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

I was made to feel a valued member of the team from day 1. I was included in everything. As soon as I arrived various team members made the effort to update me on their work and I was invited to every social event - they were also very enjoyable!

9/10

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

There was no one that I feel I wasn't able to approach. Any questions that I asked were fully answered and everyone always made me feel totally at ease to ask more questions if needed.

10/10

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

There was not one activity which I repeated during my time, there was so much variation which made the experience even more fun and worthwhile.

10/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

Overall, it was very well structured. The only improvement that could be noted for the structure is for the placement to be longer!

9/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Exactly how Shoosmiths claims to be. Fun, professional, unstuffy, approachable. Absolutely fantastic experience and loved every minute of it.

10/10

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

Everyone was more than happy to involve me in all of their activities.

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?

People were happy to sit and chat to me about general life at the firm and what their different roles involve.

10/10

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

It was exactly what they claim the culture to be. I went in with incredibly high expectations - these were exceeded tenfold!

10/10

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

Very helpful. I was abel to get involved with lots of different types of tasks which meant that I gained a very varied insight into what life as a lawyer will be like.

10/10

Other Information

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

The placement was fairly paid and all expenses were covered too. This was great although I did not undertake the placement for the purpose of earning money.

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

There were many out of office opportunities to get involved with and which offered a great chance to meet members of the extended team.

10/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Great! Everyone was happy to chat to me and answer all the questions I threw at them! It was interesting to gain knowledge about the type of work that other people got involved with in other departments.

10/10

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

During general chats I was informed about lots of things, and some of my tasks even involved helping to plan and organise such events.

10/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I could not recommend a more brilliant opporunity. The work was fantastic, everyday was different, people were all approachable, friendly. The atmosphere was unstuffy and I felt like I fitted in perfectly. I also gained positive feedback at the end of the week.

10/10