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.
I think my colleagues appreciated the fact that I was willing to help them out whenever they needed help, and therefore I felt valued.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It helped a lot. Everyone helps one another out and is very friendly.
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.
It was not labelled as expenses but it was really to cover the cost of travel or accommodation for the week.
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.
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.
CSR is very important, but other than that there was no real mention of firm sports clubs or societies.
Yes. I was very insightful.