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Holiday Work Placements

Rob has changed from his jeans into his suits as he undertakes holiday work experience over the summer. Rob has returned to the legal department of EDF Energy in Gloucester where he spends 3 days a week continuing to learn the ropes of what being part of the legal team in a large international energy company looks like. Rob has really enjoyed being of real help whilst reviewing various contractual issues for example and is very grateful for the adjustments that EDF have made to make it possible for him.

Back from a day at EDF in Gloucester

Back from a day at EDF in Gloucester

Whilst researching what it takes to get on the ladder to follow a legal career Rob looked at the Aspiring Solicitors web site and found that diversity champions Channel 4 and Reed Smith were offering a unique opportunity to two individuals to experience working in the law in both a creative media environment and in one of the world’s biggest law firms. Rob got his application in just before the deadline and there was a tense wait whilst waiting to see if he got onto the interview list. Within a week Rob was offered an interview to be held at the office of Reed Smith in central London the following Monday. A call to EDF to explain that he would not be in on Monday followed by a weekend of preparatory research and practice interviews set Rob up for for a testing day – Rob wanted to create an outstanding impression as the placement fitted so well with his desire to follow a career in media law.Rob set off early to London with his two carers who have to check whether to come dressed ready for a walk round the woods or a trip to a leading law firm in London! Rob felt the interview went well but it was an anxious wait to hear the outcome. Rob’s smile said it all when the notification came through that he had been successful.

In the big City on the way to an interview for work experience

In the big City on the way to an interview for work experience

Outside the central office of Reed Smith

Outside the central office of Reed Smith

The work experience will run for a week from Monday 5th to Friday 9th September and will be split between Channel 4’s award winning Legal & Compliance team and Reed Smith’s offices in London.

The next challenge is the logistics of finding a hotel to stay in in London for the week and to get the carers shifts sorted out at relatively short notice for the stay away.