We've collated some of our recent Graduate Recruitment themed podcasts below to help provide further information about life at Forsters, what it's really like training with us, and how to go about completing your application.
Graduate Recruitment 2021
Partners Vicki Towers and Emily Holdstock along with Graduate Recruitment manager Holly Meldrum join host Miri Stickland for our latest podcast focusing on Graduate Recruitment at Forsters. The team talk through how this year’s training contract process differs from previous years, the key dates and deadlines and offer some more top tips for candidates. As Vicki hands over as lead Graduate Recruitment partner to Emily later this year, they also reflect on Vicki’s legacy and what the future will bring.
Graduate Recruitment Applications
With applications for 2020 vacation schemes and 2022 training contracts now open, Graduate Recruitment partner Victoria Towers and Graduate Recruitment co-ordinator Holly Meldrum join podcast host Miri Stickland to talk through some of the questions they get asked most frequently by potential candidates.
“We like to see a wide range of candidates with a variety of things to offer. Having the intellectual ability to solve complex problems is the starting point and we also really like to see a genuine interest in Forsters. We are known for being a friendly, collaborative firm so we do look for people who are personable, alongside which we like to see candidates with drive, ambition and a strong work ethic.”
“It’s really important that candidates get a feel for whether the firm is right for them. Every firm is different so take the opportunity to go to open days, graduate recruitment dinners and law fairs to get that insider’s viewpoint and ask as many questions as possible. It can prove invaluable. If you can apply for a vacation scheme, we recommend that you do, as it is the best insight into the firm that you can get, although there is always space for direct applications for training contracts as well.”
“The most common mistake in application forms is spelling the firm’s name wrong or putting another firm’s name in accidentally! Make sure you get someone else to proof read your application.”
Trainees and their supervisors
Partner, Emily Holdstock, and first year Trainee, Tamsin Collingridge, talk to Miri Stickland about the “special relationship” between trainees and their supervisors, including the value that supervisors can bring in mentoring trainees, the feedback and review process and the attributes that are highly valued in Forsters' trainees.
“At Forsters, the trainee supervisors act as the first point of call within the department for any questions from their trainee, ranging from legal questions to queries about how you might go about carrying out a particular task to the sort of practical questions we know trainees might get nervous about asking, like where to hang your coat!”
Life as a Trainee at Forsters
Partner and training principal, Helen Marsh, and second year trainee Anastasia Pejacsevich join Miri Stickland to talk about life as a trainee at Forsters, including the type of support and training our trainees can expect to receive throughout their training contracts, adapting to life as a trainee and the process on qualification.
Helen discusses the importance of trainees here at Forsters: “We value our trainees highly here at Forsters, and as part of our business, so we try to give them the best training and we spend a lot of time and resource on them."
Graduate Recruitment - What you need to know
In the first of our new podcast series, Miri Stickland, Knowledge Development Lawyer, talks to Commercial Real Estate and Graduate Recruitment partner, Victoria Towers about becoming a trainee at 31 Hill Street.
The inaugural More Than Law podcast covers the topic of Graduate Recruitment and provides Victoria with the opportunity to discuss Forsters' offering in this area, including what makes us different, the history and growth of the firm, identifying what we're looking for in our future trainees, and why you should choose Forsters above any of our competitor firms.
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