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One week vavation scheme placement.

  1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  2. I thoroughly enjoyed my week's placement, it gave me a valuable insight both into the firm and into how a commercial law firm operates.


  3. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?
  4. Although sometimes my team struggled to find me work, overall I felt valued by the company and colleagues in other ways such as being invited to team events and company wide events.


  5. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?
  6. On some of the tasks within my team I received little or no guidance whilst I received more on other tasks. However, this is understandable given that one of the aims of the week was to assess my performance and skills - giving me tasks to complete on my own initiative would therefore fulfil this aim.


  7. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  8. As I have now finished my degree the skills that I have developed will assist me in my career, I now have far more insight into a commercial firm and how it works, this is very difficult to experience without a placement like this.


  9. How well structured was the insight?
  10. The insight was very well structured, I had specific tasks to accomplish by specific times and the written guidance that was provided for these tasks was clear and easy to understand.


  11. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?
  12. The atmosphere in the office and the friendliness were one of the highlights of my week.


  13. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  14. The company invested in me to a great extent, all associates and partners were available to spend time with me and participated in my assignments.


  15. 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?
  16. Stting within one of the teams within the company gave an excellent insight into the day to day operations and their tasks along with experience of how the team worked together.


  17. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?
  18. The company culture was evident throughout the week from the friendliness of the staff, the availability of the associates and partners and the number of staff events that were organised and attended.


  19. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?
  20. Prior to this experience I was undecided between a career as a solicitor or a career as a barrister. This experience has made up my mind that a career as a solicitor is the path that I want to pursue.


  21. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?
  22. It was good to be paid (over and above travel expenses) for such an invaluable work experience, many people would be happy to obtain this experience for free!

  23. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?
  24. There were plenty of opportunities for networking from team meetings, lunches with the trainee solicitors and company wide events such as the summer bbq. The open plan office also made it really easy to meet colleagues in other teams.


  25. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?
  26. They were fun! And there were lots of them. I've attended more social events this week as a result of this insight than I have for the last couple of months combined!


  27. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?
  28. During one of the team meetings there was information about volunteering and pro bono opportunities. There were also emails about social events and leaflets around the office advertising things such as yoga.


  29. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?
  30. Yes, definitely.


  31. In addition to these questions, is there any extra information you would like to leave about your experiences on your work placement that other students may be interested in?

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Corporate Law

East Midlands

19th June 2015

Less than £ 10,000

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