Excellent week of learning, with great colleagues and a welcoming office environment. This was a week of informal work experience in the Abu Dhabi office.
Very valued, especially when the staff took time to explain to me exactly what was required in each task and to answer questions and go further into the project details to give me a fuller picture. When I stayed late to work on some banking contracts, the fee earner worked longer with me the following day and gave extensive feedback and further insight into the work he was doing.
I received a lot of guidance for each step and on the tasks which I could freely commit to without guidance, I received feedback which was always constructive and creative.
The insight allowed me to get a feel for the firm and less to develop set skills. My communication and networking skills were developed as I learned how to act appropriately in an office environment where I was always at risk of appearing to be a burden to the fee earners who were particularly busy that week.
It was structured nicely, with some hours that were more relaxed and some days which had stricter deadlines for certain tasks and meetings.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Abu Dhabi Office. This was an informal work experience in which I felt comfortable and eager to engage in the work.
The company were not in a position where they were obligated to invest in personal training with me and as such the daily interaction and help that I received was really beneficial and greatly appreciated.
To a great extent, especially when it comes to understanding the difference between regional and central offices. The regional office worked quietly, efficiently and there was a lot more 'personality' to the office, whereas central offices can be more overwhelming and stressful because of the sheer volume of personalities all working within the same space on multiple different tasks.
It really helped me to understand that the company culture is that of an extremely intellectual group of people working individually with the knowledge that they can always reach out for help when needed.
Very valuable - the work I was exposed to was great fun but some aspects were geared much more towards those with financial interests, and not for me.
As this was informal, I was not paid for the week.
Yes, I went to lunch three times that week and met associates, trainees and partners.
There were no actual events created so I could not comment on this question.
Yes, there were plenty of opportunities for employees to do things outside of work, including various water sports, social clubs and events taking place across UAE.
Absolutely. It was an amazing week.