It has been a longer break than intended between blog posts but January has proven to be a very busy month for the Graduate Team and we have not even reached vacation placement deadline date yet (31 January).
During the last few weeks we have been focusing our efforts on our office open evening programme, which for the first time we extended to cover both our Scottish offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow. By the time we deliver the last of events in Manchester next week, over 300 people will have been through our doors.
While it is now too late to attend an open evening (the remaining dates are fully booked) I thought I would provide an overview of what our open evenings have been seeking to achieve and also share some of the presentation slides with those of you who were unable to attend. In the next few weeks I am going to experiment with making a recording of these sessions so you can download them and listen to them in your own time; unfortunately slides without the commentary can be of limited value. The presentations will be posted to the ‘downloads’ section of our graduate website.
As well as providing the opportunity to meet and question our employees first-hand and enjoy some free food and drinks, we really try to give all those attending a ‘warts and all’ understanding of what it would be like to work at the firm. After a swift presentation on the firm’s strategy we invited partners from each office to present on a recent high profile piece of work they had been involved in and explain the roles of different team members. After a short break the group split in half with some going off to meet a number of our trainee solicitors while the rest took part in an abridged version of the application workshop we have successfully run on a number of campuses in recent months.
What happens next?
I hope those of you who did attend one of our events found it useful and that it has strengthened your desire to work for Pinsent Masons, but if you left thinking perhaps this is not the sort of firm that would suit you then don’t worry. Scratching beneath the glossy surface of the website and brochure is what attending an open evenings is all about.
For those of you who were enthused about what you saw, try to carry this forward into your applications and (fingers crossed) interviews in the coming weeks and months. A number of our future trainees made their applications having met us for the first time at an open evening and they were able to use what they learned to strengthen their application to us.
To finish with here are a few words of wisdom from a couple of last year’s vacation placement students:
“The open evening gave me a true insight not only into Pinsents the firm but also Pinsents the people. It offers interested candidates much more than what they can read in the brochure and also enabled me to talk to not only graduate recruitment but also current trainees and solicitors. From the Open Day it was clear Pinsents was a firm I wanted to apply to for not only a Vacation scheme but also my training contract ”
Jenny Goodrich, future Manchester trainee
“Before attending the Pinsent Masons’ open evening I was fairly confident Pinsent Masons were a firm I wanted to make an application to and the evening certainly confirmed that. From the onset of the evening everyone was made to feel welcome by being given a tour of the offices; it was extremely well organised, especially for a large firm, with the group being broken down into smaller groups to ensure everyone got to experience what the firm was about and to have any questions answered. The best part of the evening for me was a boardroom style group session where we talked about what was most important to us from a firm, this helped to gain a real insight into what life at Pinsent Masons was like and helped me to realise what I wanted matched what the firm could offer. Lastly, this exercise helped when it came to completing the vacation scheme application as I had already prioritised what I wanted in a firm and how my attributes fitted in with the firm’s cultures and values.”
Katy Hacking, future Leeds trainee