Summer internship has led to post grad job offer

About me

Jessica B.
United Kingdom

About this profile

Vacation Scheme Student
Travers Smith, BLP, Reed Smith, Mishcon De Reya, Stephenson Harwood.
United Kingdom
Legal services
Large business (250+ employees)

About the job

What I do

I worked alongside trainee solicitors as various Law firms in London, to ascertain where I would like to work post graduation.

Skills I use and how I developed them

I developed many skills, including networking with other young professionals and how to sommunicate within a professional capacity.

What I like most

I enjoyed being amongst students who had similar career interests as myself. Building my professional network was extremely fulfilling.

What I like least

I disliked the competitive nature of the placements, as many people gain jobs from these placements.

What surprised me most

My ability in this environment - I was offered a postgraduate job from four different Law firms.

Finding and applying for the job

How I looked for work

Legal Cheek and Student Chambers Guide

How I found out about the job

Employer's website

The recruitment process

All involved an online application, most followed with psychometric tests. I was then invited to various styled interviews which tested my competencies and commercial awareness.

My career

My career goals when I graduated

I have signed a Training Contract with Travers Smith.

What has helped my career to progress

My internships massively aided achieving this goal.

Courses taken since graduation

I wil commence the LPC in 2018.

My advice to students

My advice to students considering work

Ensure that you put enough time aside to apply. Applications are extremely time-consuming. Similarly, do not neglect the non-legal activities that you have done. Most employers were far more interested in my job at a bakery opposed to legal work experience. Finally, find somewhere that suits you! Each firm has a different culture and there is no one firm that suits everyone!

Contacting me

I am happy to answer questions about the application process and what to expect!

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