Starting a training contract remotely – top tips

24 March, 2021

If you have just started your training contract, you will be eager to get into the office. However, this may not be possible currently and even as lockdown restrictions are lifted you may only be able to attend the office a few days a week, to enable the business to ensure social distancing between colleagues .

As a result, you may not be able to meet your colleagues in person or see how the team interacts straight away, both of which are important parts of the training contract experience.

However, it won’t be forever, and there are a number of things that can be done to make the most out of the experience.

Tips for working remotely

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

In the office, you can see whether a colleague is busy or not. This is not possible when working from home. However, your colleagues want you to ask questions and to show interest in your work, so don’t be afraid to pick up the phone.

Make use internal resources

Dealing with technology without a neighbour to hand can be particular issue when WFH. However, most firms will provide internal guides on systems and have an IT Helpdesk you can turn to for help.

If you have a question about the law, you may find your team has a Professional Support Lawyer (PSL) who may have the answer. PSLs have a wealth of knowledge and are always happy to help.

Stick to a routine

When you are not commuting to and from the office – and do not need to go out for lunch –   it is easy to slip into bad habits. For example, you can start to feel guilty about taking a break when you have work to do. It is important to remember that you will work more effectively in the long run if you give yourself some time to get some fresh air or do some exercise.

Stay in touch with the other trainees

Your peers are in the same situation as you. If you are struggling with something, you can be sure that your fellow trainees will have felt the same at a certain point in their training contract. Get in touch with them and share the problem – they will either know how to solve it or know someone who can help.

Make yourself known

Everyone is busy, and the phrase ‘out of sight, out of mind’ may sometimes be a factor. However, turning your video on during team calls will serve as a reminder that you are still there. It will also demonstrate to people that you are keen to be a part of the team, even in these difficult circumstances.

Make the most of it

Remember that this is only temporary. Before long, you will be back in the office on a regular basis. Therefore, try to enjoy the positive side of working from home while it lasts.