Everyone has heard of the gruesome tales, more commonly referred to as ‘trainee mishaps’, that invariably follow every intake. In honour of Halloween, we asked some of our first and second year trainees to tell us about the scariest moments of their training contracts so far!
As a trainee, some of the new tasks you are faced with on a weekly basis are rather daunting. Supervisors have high standards and often the tasks set won’t necessarily relate to anything you will have covered on the Legal Practice Course. It is therefore vital as a trainee that you can listen, adapt and keep a cool head in the workplace.
That said, everyone feels the pressure at some point and here are some of our trainees’ more challenging moments so far:
- blocking a partner’s credit card by typing in the details wrong
- accidentally chasing payment of a bill that hadn’t been sent out
- taking a client to get something signed in front of a notary, but going to the wrong office and consequently having to jog together across the centre of Birmingham
- leading an internal training session by video conference to the national team
- holding up the completion of a matter until every page was checked in front of the parties
- managing the expectations of multiple fee earners and prioritising tasks when everything is important
- running two residential property purchases that needed to complete the day before Christmas
- flying to Dubai to undertake a Corporate seat secondment
- organising the Christmas party!
Inevitably, the trainees’ scariest moments involved some practical realities, legal necessities and the odd mistake, but it is also important to remember that starting a new job, in an unfamiliar environment, brings about many challenges.
Everyone knows that trainees aren’t perfect, and no one expects them to be, but so long as they ask questions, have a go and let their supervisors know if they do make a mistake, training contracts provide trainees with the experience they need to go out and forge a successful career post qualification.
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