Vacation Placement Student at Shoosmiths

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Southampton South East
Review Date
Less than £ 10,000
Legal/Law Corporate Law Commercial Law


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I enjoyed the week. I had a real insight into the life of the firm. I wouldn't say we had fun every day but everyone was very cheerful and friendly.


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

I think my colleagues appreciated the fact that I was willing to help them out whenever they needed help, and therefore I felt valued.


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

I was given a number of tasks with instructions. I was not really assisted by my colleagues but that is because it was a test of my credentials, not my ability to ask other people to do everything for me.


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

I don't think I gained any more skills than I already had. Nevertheless, it was great to see how my skills could help in the day-to-day life of a firm.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

Everything was very well structured. There were instructions for everything to guide us along the way with our tasks. Any gaps in structure were quickly filled in by asking my colleagues.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Everyone was always smiling and happy, even when there was a lot of work to be done. Everyone made me feel welcome and encouraged me. They also congratulated me when I produced good pieces of work.


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

I don't think the firm really encouraged me to develop. But it was only 1 week. It was more an extended test to see whether I could do the work.


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?

It helped a lot. Everyone helps one another out and is very friendly.


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

I had read what they said about their culture beforehand. I was rather sceptical. But after working there for a week I saw that what was said was true.


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


Other Information

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

It was not labelled as expenses but it was really to cover the cost of travel or accommodation for the week.

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

I went for lunch several times with the trainees. I also had senior solicitors around me in the office. But I didn't really network with people outside of the trainees and my department.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

We went for a lunch on the last day, which the firm paid for. Other than that, it was difficult because of the office location.


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

CSR is very important, but other than that there was no real mention of firm sports clubs or societies.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes. I was very insightful.