My first day at work… all over again
In this week’s trainee solicitor blog we caught up with Emily Revel, a first year trainee in the corporate real estate team. Emily describes her experience of moving teams, having just completed the first seat of her training contract.
Just over six months ago I started my training contract at Cripps Pemberton Greenish.I distinctly remember walking into the corporate department on my first day. I was nervous, excited and in disbelief that all the years of hard work had finally led me here. As with any new job, it takes a few days to become accustomed to a new environment. There are the array of names that have to be learnt, new faces to remember and, most importantly, memorising each colleague’s choice of hot beverage.
The initial nerves were short-lived, and before long I mastered the name game and came to understand each individual’s role in the team.
Fast forward a few months and I was acting on matters with a clear understanding of the documents required, attending client meetings and participating in important phone calls. I felt like a valued member of the team – no longer the ‘newbie’ of the group. Before I knew it, the six months had come to an end and it was time to change seats.
A new team, new colleagues, a new floor and a completely new subject area were all awaiting me. The first day nerves hit me all over again as I faced an entirely new challenge for the next period of my training contract. Just as I had become accustomed to daily life as a corporate trainee, I now found myself buried amongst property law statutes and ancient deeds that I could barely even read, let alone try to interpret. Queries I had previously passed to my real estate colleagues during my corporate days had now become my responsibility!
Despite this early apprehension, I soon found myself inspired by the daily challenges of the new seat. Very few professions provide the opportunity to join a new team and try new areas of work every 6 months. During my training I will work in four different teams, each with a different supervisor, providing the opportunity to develop a range of skills throughout my training contract. Instead of remaining embedded within a particular practice area, I will be able to develop my own style of working that incorporates an element of each department I sit within.
I believe that all trainees should embrace their seat changes. They should feel privileged to be given the opportunity to step outside their comfort zone and to delve into fresh challenges as they shape their future career. Being given the chance to try out different areas of law and sample what it would be like as a qualified solicitor in that team is invaluable. I would strongly advise all trainee solicitors to embrace this element of the training contract, even if you feel certain about your future practice area.