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A reflection of my overall experience of the work placement

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Reflective Essay A reflection of my overall experience of the work placement In this essay I will give an overview of my experience of the work placement mentioning how I managed to obtain the specific learning outcomes of the module. For me, this placement was mainly about getting vital legal work experience, which I could list on my curriculum vitae (CV) and which would thus help me to gain access into the legal profession. Having read several articles, I realised that recruiters at City firms have recently complained that the 'quality of applicants has not been as good this year as previously...they had weak career motivation.'1 Tromans also stated that because so many students had done extremely well in qualifications, firms are looking for new criteria to pick trainees. I have learnt that along with an impressive academic record, firms are seeking students who can demonstrate that they have chosen this career path for a reason. At this point I realised that legal work experience is a significant factor that is taken into account when deciding applicants and will prove the necessary determination and motivation required. Therefore, this placement has boosted my CV in the form of adding to my list of various legal work experiences, which will boost my employability and hopefully enhance my chances of securing a training contract in the near future. ...read more.

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I was also required to demonstrate my oral communication skills when I was asked to give my views on the war on Iraq in front of a group, which is a skill I am not particularly confident at, as identified in my swot analysis. Although, at first I was intimidated and uncomfortable about discussing this issue, I believe that I benefited out of it through improving my self-confidence. From this experience I have learnt to be more confident and less shy in situations like these as it is a vital skill to possess for future success. It is important to mention that I was able to practice the art of networking during my placement. From being sociable, polite and hardworking I was able to build useful contacts and gain a summer placement. My employer, who expressed his sincere gratitude for all my hard work, offered me a summer placement, which I kindly accepted. Working at this firm was very demanding and as a result I was required to put my time management skills to good use in order to allocate sufficient time for my other university commitments. My weekly tasks took up a lot of my time and therefore I had to plan my time effectively in order to balance my university schedule so that my other subjects did not suffer as a result. ...read more.

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I have also concluded that 'self awareness is an essential part of interaction skills in that one has to be aware of one's own prejudices, fears, wishes and starting points to see how they affect the interaction.'10 I also enhanced my employability by developing both my "key" skills such as 'communication, numeracy, the use of information technology and learning how to learn,'11 and my "soft skills" such as self-motivation, initiative, creative problem analysis and willingness to learn. I will now be able to list these experiences on my CV and future job applications. 1 Tromans, R, "Tools of the trade," Legal Week, Spring 2004, p. 5 2 Cottrell, S, 'The Study Skills Handbook,' Palgrave Study Guides, 2nd Edition, p. 74 3 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL 4 Honey, P and Mumford, A, 'Using your Learning Styles', 2nd Edition, 1986, p. 12 5 Moon, J.A, 'Reflection in Learning and Professional Development: Theory and Practice,' Kogan Page, 1999, p. 21 6 ibid n. 5 7 ibid n. 5 8 ibid n.5 p. 45 9 ibid n. 5 p. 59 10 Pohjonen, S and Lindblom - Yl´┐Żnne, S, "Challenges for teaching interaction skills for law students," The Law Teacher, vol. 36, 2002, p. 295 11 Bell, J, "Key Skills in the Law Curriculum and Self Assessment," The Law Teacher, vol. 34, 2000, p. 176 ...read more.

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