A year in the life of a trainee
Have a look into a year of being a trainee at EMW
I was excited to join EMW as a trainee in 2017! I relocated to Milton Keynes, moved in with a fellow trainee and was eager to officially begin my career. Despite not knowing many people in the area, everyone at EMW immediately made me feel welcome. On my first day, there were a few familiar faces as I had already attended the 'Welcome Dinner' where I met the current and new trainee intake and the team involved in the recruitment process. Within my first week, I attended the annual firm-wide conference (aka the 'Big O') which was an informative and fun day learning about the firm's past achievements and future goals and, in true EMW fashion, it was followed by games and socialising.
EMW encourages all trainees to get involved in business development and attend both internal and external networking events. Trainees also assist in the planning and organisation of EMW's networking events for junior professionals across Milton Keynes, in our trainee-led group YBT. During my first year, we hosted events such as escape rooms, bowling and games nights. I also joined the Northants & Bucks Junior Lawyers Division, a group which hosts regular events for local junior lawyers. I joined both the YBT and NBJL committees in my first year and have had great fun in assisting with the organisation of events - it is an easy way to meet like-minded people in Milton Keynes.
When applying for training contracts, I was eager to train at a firm with well-structured training and a decent level of supervision. It was clear during my first seat in the Real Estate team that EMW really invests in trainees. I was encouraged to take on high levels of responsibility (when comfortable) and was invited to join (and sometimes run) client meetings and conference calls. With regular internal training sessions and detailed feedback on material pieces of work, I was able to develop and build my skills and knowledge quickly.
My first six months flew by and the transition to the Dispute Resolution team was made easy as the skills I had picked up were largely transferable. The team did not expect me to be experienced straight away allowing me to focus on building my legal knowledge to assist other fee earners effectively. I was soon given plenty of responsibility in this seat too. One of the highlights of my training contract so far has been attending trial of a long-standing case to support our client's counsel.
In hindsight, my first year at EMW allowed me to learn and develop new skills, get involved in as many work opportunities and social events as possible and take on responsibilities over and above what many other firms offer. This has allowed me to feel less like a trainee and more like a fully qualified solicitor.
All in all, it was a great first year at EMW.
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