Summer Vacation Placement Student at Shoosmiths

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
Milton Keynes East of England
Review Date
Salary
£24,000 - £25,999
Roles
Private Client Law

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7.9/10

About You
8.2
The Organisation
7.8
Everything Else

7.8

About You

Role Description

Completing tasks given to me by the graduate recruitment team and my host.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I thoroughly enjoyed the vacation placement. As a non-law student, everything I was exposed to and learnt was new and exciting. There was enough to do and everyone was really nice, so overall the experience was great.

9/10

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

Everyone was friendly and welcoming. They were willing to answer my questions and were always on hand if I needed any help.

8/10

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

Guidance and support was right on point; not too much to feel as though you were being pampered, but neither was it sparse to make you feel as if you were on your own.

8/10

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

I feel some of the research skills I developed will definitely help when undertaking the GDL for example. Also, hearing about different people's route into the law profession, the GDL providers they used etc was all beneficial and helpful in making my future decisions.

8/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The placement was well structured. There was a welcome pack for every placement student detailing different tasks/projects that should be completed during the week. I was also given some tasks to complete by my trainee host and one of the Partner's.

8/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere was good, friendly people, nice office, all was fine.

7/10

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

The time taken to provide feedback on the work I had done by both a graduate recruiter and my host was very beneficial; gave me new things to think about and encouragement which was nice!

7/10

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?

Being placed in one of the departments opposite a trainee solicitor was probably the best way to see what exactly the job would entail. I learnt so much from simply observing, listening and being partly involved (if only to a very minimal extent) in what she was doing/working on.

9/10

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

Again, being there definitely helped in getting a sense of the company culture. The atmosphere, true to their words, was friendly, social, non-hierarchical and hard working. It was truly a nice place to work.

8/10

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

8/10

Other Information

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

I was paid £250 for the week.

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

Yes, definitely. We went out for lunch twice and for drinks with some trainees/paralegals.

8/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

The networking opportunities were good, we (vac scheme students) were able to chat with the trainees in a more relaxed setting.

7/10

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

Yes I did, charity related events, sports...

7/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Definitely. I learnt a lot and it was enjoyable- two things I always hope for at the end of a placement/internship.

9/10

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