The team at Linklaters were great during Pathfinder. They went the extra mile to ensure that I learnt as much as possible during Pathfinder.
Though I was there for only two days the trainees during the work shadowing helped get me stuck in. They clearly had put effort in giving me something to do, which has helped give me a greater understanding of what the legal profession entails.
Guidance was available throughout. The graduate recruitment team answered all my questions about both the firm and the application process.
The key skills i developed were definitely in how i present myself. I never thought how much subconscious we use in passing judgment on ourselves which i realised in the personal branding session. This i have definitely taken away to enhance my image for future use.
Everything from the social events to all the activities including work shadowing were organised with thought paid to every activity. What was interesting to me was that at every point the graduate team would ask how to improve on every activity informally. This to me showed a real commitment to self-improvement on what to me was already outstanding
I really got a good understanding of the culture in Linklaters. This was the key thing i wanted to find out as i wasn't sure whether the horror stories about the magic circle were reflective in their culture. The reality is if you are ambitious and hardworking Linklaters is the place which will push your development. Though there is no "Linklaters type" everyone is social and wants to do the best they can.
For a two day scheme I was surprised how much effort and resources the firm committed. I couldn't ask for more at all.
They did everything they could especially through the work shadowing in two different practice areas. This really showed what a trainee actually does in their job. It was a great experience.
I feel I completely understand the culture as much is possible within a two day scheme. It's a great place to work and it does challenge you everyday.
I did not need any money for expenses but they paid as was needed
I met a range of employees at all levels and was consistently meeting people in different practice areas as well.
The evening social event was great. I have always wanted to make a proper pizza and make sushi. This was also a great way to then sit down and speak to the graduate team and also other pathfinder attendees and get to know them.
The firm has lots of sports and team trips. Some trainees are part of everything just to go abroad. It's what you make of it.
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