Vacation Scheme at Shoosmiths

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Reading Greater London
Review Date
Less than £ 10,000


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

Role Description

One week vacation placement.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I had a fantastic time at my placement; not only was I given real interesting work, I also attended several sporting and social events during the week.


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

I felt very valued during my placement, owing to the how involved the team made me feel. I was involved in events outside of work with clients, and I was entrusted with real work. Both made me feel like a valued member of the team inside and outside of the office.


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

My supervisor was outstanding; she offered assistance and guidance with every task, helping me bridge the gap between academia and professional practice.


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

The skills and knowledge I gained throughout the week have been particularly useful, especially for the LPC. All of the tasks which I completed were real or very realistic scenarios. In that sense, they also adequately prepared me for what to expect in practice.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The week was very well organised and structured. We were given a timetable at the beginning of the week to help us plan and organise our time.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere in the office was vibrant. Everyone really got on and worked collaboratively. The open-plan office is testament to the unstuffy and open culture at Shoosmiths.


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

Given an overview of the computer systems before beginning.


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?

The work I was given was reflective of the work undertaken on a daily basis by a trainee at Shoosmiths.


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

The week really immersed me in the culture. The open-plan office really displayed the firm’s open and unstuffy culture.


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

The content during the day was very similar to the work a trainee would undertake. Therefore, it confirmed for me that i was going down the right career path.


Other Information

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

I was paid for the week and reimbursed expenses forr trips outside of the office.

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

Our brief at the beginning of the week encouraged us to speak to people throughout the firm.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Great, I went to three within the space of a week.


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

Yes, I was sent email notifications of activities outside of work.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes, I would highly recommend the vacation scheme to any student looking for a fantastic national firm to give Shoosmiths a try.